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Officer killed while helping neighbor during domestic dispute in Maryland; suspect dead

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By STEPHEN PIMPO JR., WJLA

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - A police officer was killed in Prince George's County after he went to help his neighbor during a domestic dispute Wednesday, police said.

Police confirmed that the suspect was shot and killed by police after leading them on a chase from Brandywine to Fort Washington.

Sources said a woman called police and told them that her husband had shot a police officer. Sources told WJLA's Brad Bell that the officer was the woman's neighbor and was off-duty and at home but went to her house after she asked for his help with a domestic dispute.

Officers then responded and the woman gave them a description of a vehicle her husband might be driving after he fled the scene. That reportedly led to a police chase and the suspect allegedly shot a gun at officers while driving on Route 301.

Witnesses told Bell the chase ended in Fort Washington where the man got out of his car and continued shooting at police. Officers returned fire and the suspect died from his injuries, police said. Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at one of the scenes assisting police, officials said.

Prince George’s County Police said they were "asking for patience and respect at this time" and that their main focus is the officer's family. Bell reports the officer was a corporal and 14-year veteran of the police force who served as a Special Operations officer. Bell also says the officer was a father with multiple children.

"The brave officer was shot while stepping in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation," the police department said in a statement. "Please keep his family and our department in your prayers."

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Another neighbor told WJLA's Stephen Tschida that the suspect had a "violent temper" and had displayed violent actions and physical abuse in the past. They added that police had been called to the suspect's home over the past week.

Police are staging members of the media at Chadds Ford Road and Gillmore Greens Court. Indian Head Highway at Old Fort Road is closed while police respond to the incident.

No other information has been released at this time.

This story has been updated.

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