The man who shot and killed a police officer in Prince George’s County, Md., near Washington, D.C., on Wednesday was ordered by the courts to surrender his guns to a local sheriff’s office at least three times in the last five years, reports the Washington Post. Three different judges ruled Glenn Tyndell had to “immediately surrender all firearms,” after finding his estranged wife, ex-wife, and one of his children, needed protection. The county sheriff’s office attempted for weeks to track down Tyndell but he consistently eluded law enforcement, at one point avoiding going to work knowing he could be apprehended at his job as a Metro transit system mechanic, said Col. Darrin Palmer, chief assistant sheriff for Prince George’s County.
Deputies had visited his home and a second address for him three times, conducted surveillance and were working with Tyndell’s estranged wife in an attempt to serve a protective order and three arrest warrants related to the couple’s domestic disputes. Over the weekend, deputies had gotten in touch via phone with Tyndell, 37, who said he was going to turn himself in on Tuesday. The next morning, police said, he killed Cpl. Mujahid Ramzziddin, 51, who was shot five times with a shotgun as the off-duty officer attempted to intervene in a domestic disturbance between Tyndell and his estranged wife. “He was being evasive and he was taking particular steps to avoid going to the places where we would logically be able to find him,” Palmer said. “My own folks are upset that they were working this case and he ends up doing this.” Tyndell was killed by officers in the incident this week. Rob Valente, a domestic violence policy expert, said there are not enough officers on call at every moment to seize firearms in such cases. “Everybody is in an impossible situation because the system is broken. There are not enough resources,” she said.