New Charges Added Against Off-Duty Pentagon Officer In Second Incident

The off duty Pentagon police officer who was charged with two counts of second-degree murder also has been charged with assaulting a female during a May 6, 2020 incident.

Takoma Park Police said they had only become aware of the video on April 9. In the May 6,, 2020 incident, which police had responded to at the same Takoma Park Overlook Condominiums where David Hall Dixon of Takoma Park was said to have shot into the back of a car as it sped away. Dixon, who is a Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officer, told police he had seen one of the car’s occupants breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot.

Dixon, 40,, was charged with two counts of second degree murder, each of which carry a possible prison sentence of 40 years in jail, in connection with that early morning April 7 shooting at 7333 New Hampshire Avenue.

Two of the car’s occupants, Dominique Williams, 32, of Hyattsville, and James Lionel Johnson, 38, of District Heights, were both killed in the incident. According to police, they were shot from behind and had wounds in their rear upper torsos. In that incident as well as the one almost a year ago, Dixon was acting as a civilian and not in his role as a police officer, according to Takoma Park police.

The new charges stem from the May 6, 2020 incident. According to police, Dixon is seen in a video assaulting a female with a long gun. They charged him with first degree assault, second degree assault and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime.

Takoma Police had responded to that incident, which was reported as a homeless person swinging sticks at people the lobby.

At the scene, Dixon told police that the woman was blocking access to the building, and he went to his apartment to get his pepper spray and a concealed weapon. He also told police that the woman had struck him with an object when he was near the elevator and swung an object at him and his dog. He told police he used his pepper spray but didn’t mention using the gun. However, the video, which police did not see until April 9, clearly shows Dixon pointing a shotgun in the woman’s face.

The woman left the building and was later found in a parking lot at 7505 New Hampshire Avenue. When police spoke with her, they believed she was having a mental crisis and took her for an evaluation.

In both incidents, Dixon was acting as a civilian and not as his job with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, police said, adding that neither Dixon nor the woman wanted to file charges and therefore no further investigation was conducted.

However, Takoma Police did let the Pentagon Force Protection Agency know about the incident at that time. It would have been that agency’s responsibility to investigate whether Dixon violated any work-related policies, according to Takoma Park Police.

Dixon is scheduled to appear before a district court judge in Rockville April 12  at 1 p.m. when it will be decided if  he will remain in custody. A preliminary hearing date will be scheduled at that time.


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Suzanne Pollak

About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.


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