(UPPER MARLBORO, Md.) — A Maryland police officer killed in the line of duty was inadvertently shot by a fellow responding officer during a gun battle with a suspect, police said.
Officer Jacai Colson was 28 years old and would have celebrated his 29th birthday this week, Prince George’s County police said.
Colson, a four-year veteran assigned to the Prince George’s County Narcotic Division, was on his way to the police station to meet an officer and arrived right after a gunman began shooting Sunday, police said.
Colson left his unmarked cruiser and began exchanging gunfire with the shooter, police said.
Four officers fired while trying to stop the shooter, police said.
Colson’s autopsy revealed he was inadvertently shot by another officer, police said.
Fraternal Order of Police President John Teletchea said Sunday night that Colson “was a real cops’ cop.”
“He didn’t shy away from any calls,” Teletchea said.
“Personally, he was a very close friend…and I will miss him dearly,” he said. “But even more, this community has lost a man who has protected every one of them and it’s a shame.”
On Monday, police announced they had three Prince George’s County brothers in custody in connection with the shooting. According to police, the suspects are 21-year-old Malik Ford, 18-year-old Elijah Ford, and suspected shooter 22-year-old Michael DeAndre Ford who remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
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