A Prince George’s County police officer stepped in to save the life of his neighbor from her abusive husband and has now lost his own. Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin was at home and off-duty when his neighbor came to his door for help. But when he confronted the man, who was armed with a shotgun, things took a tragic turn.
The married father of four and Marine Corps veteran was shot by 37-year-old Glenn Tyndell on Wednesday morning. Tyndell had violated the woman’s protective order against him with the visit to their family home. Neighbor’s told NBC 16 News that he had a “violent temper” and that police had been called to the home within the last week.
PGPD Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin was killed this morning trying to defend a neighbor threatened by domestic violence. This father of 4, medal of valor winner, and Marine veteran served his community for 14 years. He is a hero.
My heart goes out to his family. Rest in power pic.twitter.com/z1PPMM85v6
— Anthony G. Brown (@RepAnthonyBrown) February 21, 2018
After the shooting, Tyndell took Ramzziddin’s service weapon and fled by car. His wife called the police who caught up with the alleged shooter on Route 301. During the police chase, Tyndell was said to have fired his weapon at the officers who were pursuing him. Upon arrival at Fort Washington, the suspect got out of his car and tried to run into the woods. Police say that he shot at them again. The shootout ended when Tyndell was struck by the officers’ return gunfire and he died.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III said in a statement that Ramzziddin “stood his ground to defend the life of the individual who had come to him for help.” He added that the corporal “lived a consequential life and died a consequential death.” Stawinski also noted that Tyndell had three open warrants for assault and should never have had a gun in the first place.
The fallen officer was hailed for his sense of duty and bravery by County Executive Rushern Baker.
“He was off duty,” Baker said according to ABC 7 News. “He didn’t have to answer the door. He didn’t have to walk out that door, but he knew… that the badge doesn’t come off at night. It’s 24 hours. They run to service.”
This is 37-YO Glenn Tyndell.
He is a Largo High School graduate. Has a domestic abuse history & 3 open warrants for arrest. He was shot dead by PGPD after investigators say he shot & killed Cpl Mujahid Ramzziddin pic.twitter.com/wFxKet4ZlD
— Marina Marraco (@MarinaMarraco) February 21, 2018
And Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement offering his condolences to Ramzziddin’s family and loved ones.
“The murder of Prince George’s County police officer Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin in the line of duty today is an unspeakable tragedy,” Gov. Hogan said. “The First Lady and I are praying for his family, loved ones, and the department during this difficult time. Corporal Ramzziddin was a military veteran and a distinguished law enforcement officer who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of his neighbors and community. His memory and service will never be forgotten.”
He also vowed to support law enforcement and leadership in Prince George’s County as they grieve the loss of the department’s 14-year veteran.
“I have extended my full support to County Executive Rushern Baker, Police Chief Hank Stawinski, and all of the dedicated men and women of the Prince George’s County Police Department as they mourn their fallen fellow officer,” the governor continued. “The state is standing by to offer any assistance needed to Prince George’s County as they investigate this terrible and senseless crime.”