The Prince George’s County Police chief is pushing back against rumors that a fallen police officer was in a love triangle at the time of his murder last week, WBAL News Radio 1090 reported.
Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin was shot and killed while he was off duty while protecting a female neighbor from her estranged husband in Brandywine. Chief Hank Stawinski said cellular phone evidence, coupled with interviews with the neighbor and Ramzziddin’s widow prove that officer was not involved in a love triangle, WBAL reported.
Ramzziddin, 51, was a 14-year veteran of the force and served as a detective in the special operations division’s harbor unit police said. On Feb. 21, Ramzziddin stepped in help a neighbor who was being threatened by her husband outside of her home on Chadsey Lane, police said. The suspect, Glenn Tyndell, 37, of the 11000 block of Drumsheugh Court in Largo, shot Corporal Ramzziddin with a shotgun during the altercation. The officer died at the scene. The neighbor wasn’t harmed.
Police said Tyndell fled the scene in a black SUV, before Charles County Sheriff’s officers found the SUV a short time later on Berry Road near Bensville Road. They chased him into Prince George’s County, where local officers joined the pursuit. Tyndell abandoned the SUV on Indian Head Highway near Old Fort Road, where there was an exchange of gunfire that killed Tyndell. At the time of his death, Tyndell had three open warrants out for second-degree assault and worked for Metro as a mechanic.
The love triangle rumor came from the suspect’s father, who alleged his son shot and killed Ramzziddin over a lover’s dispute, according to Fox 5 DC.
No other officers were injured. The department placed patrol officers Luke Allen, an eight-year veteran of the force and Channing Reed, a six-year veteran, on administrative leave Feb. 22, pending the outcome of the fatal shooting’s investigation, police said.
Ramzziddin, a former Marine, was a husband and a father of four children. Remembered as a hero, he received a Silver Medal of Valor in 2006 for engaging an armed suspect. Prior to joining the department’s Harbor Unit, Ramzziddin spent his career in District III, District IV, the WAVE Unit and the department’s gang unit.
In the wake of Ramzziddin’s death, Gov. Larry Hogan ordered state flags flown at half-staff. Ramzziddin’s funeral was held Feb. 23 at a mosque in Lanham, Md., and his body was laid to rest at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland, The Washington Post reported.
Ramzziddin marks the 30th Prince George’s County officer to die in the line of duty, according to the Post.