From Daily Mail
A police officer died in a gunfight Sunday after a suspect launched an ‘unprovoked’ attack on a police station in a Washington, D.C. suburb.
The deceased was identified as Jacai Colson, 28, an undercover narcotics officer and a four-year veteran with the Prince George’s County police department.
‘One of your defenders lost his life in defense of this community today. This was an unprovoked attack,’ Colson’s chief said.
The gunman began shooting at the PGPD District 3 police station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Landover, Maryland around 4:30pm, police said.
After officers inside responded, Colson was struck, and was taken in a squad car to Prince George’s Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries, police said.
Police said there was no immediately apparent motive for the shooting.
‘It wasn’t about anything,’ said police chief Henry P. Stawinski III at a press conference Sunday evening.
‘My understanding is he opened fire on the first officer he saw, and then continued that conduct as officers became aware of what was going on,’ Swawinski said of the shooter, who was also injured in the gun battle.
The shooter and another suspect were taken into custody shortly after the assault.
Their family members, who identified the suspects as brothers Malik and Michael Ford, also struggled to understand what caused them to launch the attack.
‘What we wanna know is why did all of this happen? What caused this? That’s what we wanna know,’ the suspects’ aunt, Erica Thomas, 39, told the Washington Post.
The shooting happened at the PGPD District 3 station in Landover. Jacai Colson, 28, was transported to hospital in critical condition and died shortly afterwards, police said.
Officers put the area around the police station on lock down for several hours after the shooting while they searched for the attackers.
Traffic was closed on Barlowe Road and along the 202 from the Capital Beltway to Martin Luther King Jr. Highway during the search, police tweeted Sunday afternoon.
At least one of the suspects was arrested outside a nearby Popeye’s fast food restaurant, NBC Washington reported.
Colson was born in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania and played football at Randolph-Macon College.
His football coach described him as a ‘great kid.’
‘A really respectful kid and just a high-character young man. He treated everyone with respect… To be honest, he wasn’t a great player, but he was a really great person,’ said coach Pedro Arruza of Colson, according to the Post.
Maryland governor Larry Hogan offered his condolences on his Facebook page Sunday evening.
‘I am shocked & saddened by the news of the death of Prince George’s County police officer Jacai Colson,’ Hogan wrote.
‘It is my hope that his proud legacy of commitment and passion for law enforcement and serving others will provide some comfort in the difficult days that lie ahead,’ the governor continued.
Hogan ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Colson’s honor.
Landover is located about 10 miles from Washington, D.C.
A police officer walks outside a Popeyes restaurant during an investigation into the shooting which left an officer dead.