Monday, March 14, 2016

Tragic Mistake: Maryland officer Jacai Colson killed by friendly fire in gunman's ambush, police chief says

This I what makes the job of a police officer so dangerous.
  Sometimes they can follow every part of their training and still mistakes happen with deadly results. 
Fox News reports an undercover police officer was killed by his own colleagues' fire as he responded to the ambush of his police station by a gunman with a death wish, a police chief said Monday.

While officer Jacai Colson lay mortally wounded Sunday, the gunman's two brothers coldly recorded the firefight, Prince George's County police chief Hank Stawinski said, angrily tapping a podium as he provided the first details of the gun battle.

The gunman had been spraying bullets, hitting cars and even an ambulance, to draw officers outside the station. Colson also responded, jumping out of an unmarked car and wearing civilian clothes without body armor, the chief said.

In the confusion, despite their restraint, one of the other officers' bullets hit Colson, the chief said.

Colson demonstrated "extreme heroism" because he "drew fire to himself and in doing so was mortally wounded," the chief said.

Colson was declared dead later in a hospital. The gunman, identified as Michael Ford, was expected to survive. His brothers, Malik and Elijah Ford, also were taken into custody, and will face dozens of charges between them, the chief said.

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