Off-duty deputy exchanges shots with Md. suspects

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An off-duty Alexandria Sheriffs deputy returned fire with a break-in suspect at a neighbors house in Oxon Hill, Md., on December 27, according to Prince Georges County police and Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.

A spokesperson for the Prince Georges police was unable to provide details because the investigation is ongoing. Lawhorne said the deputy was at home when tipped off to suspicious activity at his next-door neighbors house, but did not elaborate on how the officer was alerted to the neighbors presence.

According to Lawhorne, the deputy went to investigate and saw two suspects flee from where they stood by an open window. A third suspect appeared at the window and the deputy, realizing it was in fact a break-in, confronted the suspect who fired multiple shots at him.

The deputy retreated, took cover and returned fire and was fired upon a second time by the suspect, he continued. Neither one was struck by any of the bullets, Lawhorne said, adding that crime scene evidence corroborated his deputys statement. The third suspect also fled and no arrests have been made.

Lawhorne, who was walked through the scene by Prince Georges County police after the incident, said the deputy was granted some mental health days and returned to duty within a week.

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