( 4UMF NEWS ) Officer Killed In Ambush At Police Station:
In a brazen shooting outside a Maryland police station, an undercover narcotics officer was killed as he and his fellow officers exchanged fire with a gunman Sunday, authorities said.
Prince George’s County Police Officer Jacai Colson died just shy of his 29th birthday after taking on at least one suspect outside the District Three Station in Landover during the 4:30 p.m. assault.
Colson, a four-year veteran of the force, “lost his life in defense of this county today,” Prince George’s Police Chief Hank Stawinski said during a media briefing outside the hospital.
Colson was critically wounded while he and fellow officers “bravely advanced” took on a suspect unleashing a barrage of bullets outside a station connected to the Palmer Park Community Center 10 miles northeast of Washington.
The shooter opened fire on the first cop he could find, the chief added.
“Those officers did not shrink,” Stawinski said.
The first gunshot was overheard by a nearby resident who saw a gun-wielding man dressed in black outside her window, according to the Washington Post.
“He fired one shot, and then he started pacing back and forth, then fired another shot,” said Lascelles Grant, who watched a flurry of police officers run outside to help.
“Just looking outside, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, look at all these police officers running out, putting their lives in danger,’” she added.
One of the police officers involved in the gunfight rushed Colson to Prince George’s Hospital Center in the back of a cruiser. Colson died shortly after the unidentified gunman was wounded. He is expected to survive.
A second suspect, who was with the alleged shooter during the attack, was apprehended at a Popeyes fast food restaurant a half mile from the shooting. The suspects were not immediately identified.
A motive was not immediately determined. Stawinski believes the attack “wasn’t about anything.”
State’s attorney Angela Alsobrooks described the assault as “a horrific act of evil.”
“This is an act of cowardice, a new low in executing a defenders of this community,” Alsobrooks said.
Colson’s grieving family stood behind a crowd of law enforcement officials spoke at the Prince George’s hospital, where hours before lines of officers saluted an ambulance carrying the cop’s body.
“He was a real cop’s cop,” said Prince George’s Fraternal Order of Police President John Teletchea, paying tribute to Colson. “He was a very close friend of mine. I’m going to miss him dearly.”
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