Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland sadly reports the death of Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin.
Cpl. Ramzziddin was shot and killed when he came to the aid of a female neighbor who was being assaulted by her husband.
The suspect, who had a personal protection order filed against him and had active warrants for his arrest, came to her residence armed with a shotgun and commenced to assault her. The female victim ran to Ramzziddin’s residence for help.
Ramzziddin stood his ground, sheltered and protected the victim from harm when the suspect discharged the shotgun striking him. The suspect then stole Ramzziddin’s duty weapon and fled the scene in a vehicle.
Officers responding to the 911 call chased the suspect in his vehicle until he ran into a wooded area. Multiple officers continued their pursuit and the suspect was shot and killed during the chase.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Prince George’s County Police in the investigation.
“I am profoundly sorry to come to my community today and talk about the death of Mujahid Ramzziddin, a proud member of the Prince George’s County Police Department, an officer who was selfless throughout his career and a 2006 Medal of Valor winner. Today was not the first time he demonstrated his heroism,” Stawinski said.
“This is a gentleman who lived his life giving to others, giving service. He was home. He was off duty. He didn’t have to answer the door. He didn’t have to walk out that door,” Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker said. “Their (police officers’) badge doesn’t come off at night. It’s 24 hours, and they run to service.”
“Somebody in his community needed him, knew he was a police officer and sought him for help and assistance, and he instantly, without hesitation, assisted another community member and saved a life,” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 89 President John “Zeek” Telechea said.
This is fallen officer Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin
He is a married, father of 4
He is a 14 year Prince George’s County Police veteran
He is a Marine Corps veteran
He is his mother's only child
He was killed while helping a woman in his own neighborhood: Policehttps://t.co/p07U7UucVw
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) February 21, 2018
Mujahid Ramzziddin was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served the Prince George’s County Police Department for 14 years. He had been awarded the department’s Medal of Valor during his service as an officer. He was currently assigned to the Special Operations Division Harbor Unit. His wife, four children and two grandchildren survive him.
Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, February 21, 2018.