An off-duty Alexandria sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a burglar at his Fort Washington home. The deputy noticed his door had been forcibly opened when he returned home late Tuesday and found the suspected burglar inside.

“He had a confrontation with the suspect which led to the homeowner shooting the suspect,” Cpl. Larry Johnson said.

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office did not identify the deputy but said he has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of investigations into the shooting.

County police have not released the identity of the man killed but said they are investigating whether one or more additional suspects may have been on the scene.

Police did not know Wednesday whether the man who was killed was armed but said the deputy shot the man with a gun that was not his service weapon.

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