Maryland Officer Ambushed, Killed in "Unprovoked Attack"

Officer Jacai Colson; Photo: Prince George's County Police Dept.

Officer Jacai Colson; Photo: Prince George's County Police Dept.

Three men are in custody after ambushing and killing a Prince George's (MD) County police officer on Sunday afternoon in what has been described as a "horrific act of evil."

Officer Jacai Colson, 28, responded to the sound of shots being fired outside of police headquarters in Landover, MD at around 4:30 p.m. 

Officer Colson was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he would succumb to his injuries.

Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said they knew of no specific motive for the shooting. "It wasn't about anything. This man launched an attack on a police station," he told a local news station. 

"Officers weren't in the process of apprehending him or engaging him in any way. They were going about their business on a Sunday afternoon, at their home, when they were attacked."

Two of the men in custody, Malik and Michael Ford, have been reported as brothers. The third, unidentified suspect, is also being reported as a brother. Reports indicate that the trio may have been attempting to initiate a suicide by cop scenario.

Officer Colson was a four-year veteran of the police force and had been working in an undercover capacity at the time of his death.

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