Three suspects had tried to find a vehicle to steal in Bowie. Two of them were caught and arrested.

But one guessed wrong and allegedly stole a vehicle outside the home of an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

The incident unfolded around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday along Dunleigh Drive. Police were called for three suspects who were allegedly “tampering with vehicles.” Two of them were arrested by Bowie police and one fled.

Then around 3 a.m., an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in Prince George’s County “encountered a suspect who was attempting to steal a vehicle from outside of his home,” according to a statement from the Prince George’s County Police agency.

Officials said that “during that encounter” the deputy fired his gun. Police authorities said they do not believe the suspect was hit but that the person did flee in the vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation.