PALMER PARK, Md. - Newly-unsealed court documents show that a week before the deadly shooting of a Prince George's County officer, police responded to two incidents reported by the estranged wife of the man accused of killing the officer.
According to the documents, at around 12:15 a.m. on Feb. 15, Joanne Tyndell reported that she returned to her Brandywine home on Chadsey Lane with her teenage son after filing an assault charge against her estranged husband, Glenn Tyndell, for an alleged assault that took place several hours earlier. She claimed when she arrived at the home, Tyndell was inside armed with a rifle.
The documents stated Joanne Tyndell told police her husband came outside and confronted her and her son with the weapon, telling her to go into the home, During the dispute, she told her husband to let them go and come back the following day to talk. She then got into her car with her sons, telling her husband that he was scaring them.
She said she eventually drove away from the house and went to a neighborhood clubhouse located about a couple blocks away where she contacted police, the documents said. She said Prince George’s County police officers arrived and surrounded the home attempting to get Tyndell to come out.
“After 2 hours, they return to me at the clubhouse and said he didn’t come out will try again another time. Even though I had the protective order and a key to the house,” the charging documents stated.
Joanne Tyndell reported to police that her husband never pointed the gun at her or her son, and he never threatened to kill them during the incident, according to the court documents.
However, Prince George's County police refuted Joanne Tyndell's claim that her husband was inside the home armed with a weapon. At a new conference Thursday night, Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski confirmed officers responded the Tyndells home twice between Feb. 14 and 15, providing a timeline of events from their perspective.
Stawinski said on Feb. 14 at 8:45 p.m., they received a call from Joanne Tyndell. Eleven officers responded to the neighborhood clubhouse where they met with her. She described to them about an argument earlier in the evening with her husband at a restaurant and a subsequent physical confrontation that happened inside their home, which was described to police as "grabbing, pushing and shoving." She told officers that she believed her husband had a gun, but she had never seen it.
According to Stawinski, patrol officers using patrol rifles and shields then entered the home using her key to search for Glenn Tyndell.
“We did that because the confrontation was recent, because he was last seen in the home and because Mrs. Tyndell intended to return to the home again that evening for her safety,” Stawinski said.
However, the officers were unable to find him after searching and clearing the home at 10:31 p.m.
Police said Joanne Tyndell went to the commissioner at the officers’ direction and applied for a warrant and a protective order. At 12:16 a.m. on Feb. 15, Joanne Tyndell received a warrant for second-degree assault, a misdemeanor charge, for the alleged restaurant confrontation. She also received a temporary protective order. However, Stawinski said it had not been yet been served.
“An individual cannot be held accountable for violating a protective order that they have not been served,” he said.
Police said at 1:04 a.m. after receiving the warrant and protective order, Joanne Tyndell contacted police again after returning to the home. She told responding officers that she was prevented from entering the home by her husband and he had a rifle. The first of 14 responding officers arrived to the home at 1:17 a.m.
“We established a perimeter to contain the situation to protect the community,” said Chief Stawinski. “We posted officers to look for signs of activity and motion inside that house – curtains moving, lights coming on and going off – and we saw nothing. We made an announcement via our public address systems on our police cruisers ordering anyone in that home to surrender and come out, and received no response. We then approached the home a second time using patrol rifles and shields, but this time only to inspect the garage and verify Glenn Tyndell’s vehicle was not in the garage. In fact, as a result of all of this, we found absolutely no evidence that Glenn Tyndell was in the house. The same house that we had entered using her key and cleared less than three hours before.”
Police also verified that Glenn Tyndell did not have any firearms registered to him, according to Stawinski.
“At this point, the decision was made not to enter the home a second time because we had gone to great lengths and had no reason to believe he was in that home,” Stawinski said. “He posed no threat to Mrs. Tyndell and her family because she and her family were with us, and because at that point, she had communicated to our officers that she had no intention of going to that home for a third time.”
Officers continued and expanded their search for Glenn Tyndell and later found his vehicle, but he was never located, Stawinski said.
Nearly a week later on Feb. 21, police say Glenn Tyndell killed Prince George’s County Police Sgt. Mujahid Ramzziddin as he was helping his Joanne Tyndell, his neighbor, move some belongings out of her home. Police say Glenn Tyndell shot Ramzziddin with a shotgun as the officer stepped in to protect Joanne Tyndell.
At that time, there were at least two open warrants for Tyndell’s arrest, including one filed a day before Ramzziddin was murdered.
Glenn Tyndell was later killed by police officers after leading police on a chase following the deadly shooting of Ramzziddin.
Court documents also show that Joanne Tyndell had filed another complaint against her husband stemming from a theft incident in January. It alleged her husband stole a locked briefcase from her home that included personal documents such as her passport, social security card, tax documents, life insurance policy, birth certificate and spare car keys, which prompted her to file a protective order against her husband.