A black plainclothes police officer was shot and killed by a fellow cop who “deliberately aimed” at the officer during a shootout in front of their precinct. Despite working out of the same police station, the officer who killed Jacai Colson allegedly mistook Colson for an assailant.
According to police, Colson, a four year veteran of the force, responded to the shooting, jumped out of his unmarked car to confront Ford, when three police officers “returned fire,” killing their co-worker Colson, while only wounding the assailant Ford, who remains in the hospital.
“The shot that struck and killed Detective Colson was deliberately aimed at him by another police officer,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters.
A video will of testament shows that Ford intended to die in the shootout.
He was charged with 25 counts related to the shooting, including second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and assault weapon charges. Malik and Elijah Ford were charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
At a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon, the judge ordered the two younger brothers to be held without bond. A relative of the Ford brothers asked prosecutors what evidence they had of the brothers’ involvement in the killing. Prosecutors claimed, “The younger brothers watched as Michael Ford fired and reloaded, discharging more than 20 rounds during the shootout with police.”
Ford’s family insists that the role his brothers played, if any, were merely in the presence of a murder. Michael Ford has yet to be arraigned.