An Alexandria sheriff's deputy is on routine administrative leave after Prince George's County police say he shot and killed and intruder inside his Fort Washington home.
Prince George's County police say the deputy was returning home just before 11 p.m. Tuesday when he found damage to his front door. He pulled a personal handgun and was immediately confronted in the living room by a man in his early 20s.
12 hours after the shooting, Prince George's County police were still in the 8400 block of Rose Marie Drive conducting an investigation.
A bullet hole could be seen in the front window of the house and there was blood on the front door.
After the shots were fired, police say the intruder ran from the home before collapsing on the front lawn where he died. The man killed has been identified as 20-year-old Jon Adgrain Pocknett of Indian Head, Md.
"Prince George's County police and homicide detectives continue to investigate this incident," said Lt. William Alexander with Prince George's County Police. "They preliminarily believe the homeowner returned home and interrupted a burglary in progress."
Just up the street, police found a small silver Honda with Virginia license plates that detectives had towed from the scene.
There is some evidence police say that the intruder may not have been alone. It's unclear if he was armed.
"Some investigative leads have led detectives to believe there may have been additional suspects on scene," said Lt. Alexander. "We are not getting into details on that, but there was potential for other suspects to be on scene."
Neighbors say the homeowner has lived in the neighborhood for decades and they have nothing but nice things to say about him.
"He's a really good guy, really nice and generous," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified. "Very considerate. Every time we need the grass cut, he'll come over and cut it, so he's a really nice guy."
Amber Levy, who lives across the street said, "It's very unfortunate because nothing ever happens here."
She replied, "Not at all," to a reporter's question on whether there have been any recent problems with burglaries.
Police say there have been some reported burglaries in the area in recent weeks, but it's unclear if they may be connected with what happened on Rose Marie Drive.
Police declined to release the name of the deputy.
A law enforcement source says the deputy's service weapon was missing when he searched the home after the shooting, but it's unclear at this time if it was stolen.