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Pentagon police officer faces assault charges unrelated to double fatal off-duty shooting in Takoma Park

These new charges against Dixon come after a May 2020 alleged altercation with a homeless woman.

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer David Hall Dixon now faces multiple additional charges for a separate alleged altercation that does not involve the two people he killed in a Takoma Park shooting last Wednesday. 

The additional charges for first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime comes after Dixon confronted a homeless woman with pepper spray and a shotgun in the Takoma Overlook Condominium complex after she allegedly tried to assault him, according to Takoma Park Police. 

The charges come after Takoma Park Police said it was made aware of a video of the May 2020 incident. The department said Dixon never shared that he directed a shotgun toward the woman when police questioned him about the encounter.

Takoma Park Police said the use of force, in that case, was investigated by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. PFPA said its agency is now re-reviewing the May 2020 altercation.

"Based on the new charges filed against Officer David Dixon, we are re-opening our administrative investigation into the May 6, 2020, off-duty incident in his apartment building lobby," said PFPA in a statement to WUSA9 on Sunday.

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Dixon has also been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and handgun charges for the deaths of James Johnson and Dominique Wilson. 

According to a statement from Takoma Park Police, Dixon was off-duty when he fired at Johnson, 38, of District Heights, and Wilson, 32, of Hyattsville, after he said he thought he saw them breaking into a car.

The shooting happened on Wednesday around 5 a.m, police said. Takoma Park officers responded to the incident at Takoma Overlook Condominiums on New Hampshire Avenue for reports of gunshots. On scene, the officers were approached by off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) officer Dixon who said he witnessed an attempted car break-in. According to Takoma Park police, Dixon said he "engaged" the individuals and opened fire at them when they fled the scene in a vehicle.


Police were later informed that two gunshot victims had driven themselves to Prince George’s Hospital Center. Both died at the hospital from their injuries, police said.

On Monday, Dixon waived his right to a bond hearing, and will now be held without bond until his preliminary hearing on May 7. He faces a combined 180 years in prison for the murder and assault charges. 

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