The incident took place around 5 a.m. in the parking lot of the condominium complex in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb about 7 miles from Washington DC.
Officers responded to a call for shots and were approached by an out-of-service Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officer who said he thought a car had been broken into, the Takoma Park Police Department said in a statement.
“He has seized the suspects who did not follow his instructions,” the police said in a statement. “The suspects were trying to escape by vehicle, at which point the officer released his service weapon.”
Shortly afterwards, police said: “Two of the suspects involved arrived at Prince George’s Hospital, both of whom suffered a gunshot wound.”
They both died in the hospital.
It’s not clear if the two people broke into the car.
A Pentagon spokesman Sue Gough told CNN in a statement: “I can confirm that an out-of-service PFPA police officer was involved in a shooting in Takoma Park, Maryland, early this morning, resulting in two deaths.”
He added: “According to the rules, the police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Also according to the standard rules, the PFPA conducts an internal administrative investigation.”
Takoma Park Police Department and the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office are investigating the case.
Takoma Park Police refused to provide any further information.
CNN contacted the state law firm.