In Prince George County, Md., Police Chief, Hank Stawinski, had the difficult task of announcing to the press this evening the death of one of his own officers. “One of your defenders lost his life in defense of this community today. This was an unprovoked attack”.
The slain officer was Jacai Colson, four-year veteran of Prince George’s County Police Department. Mr Colson was only 28 years old and would of celebrated his 29th birthday in a few days. Another person was also shot but he wasn’t a policeman. There are two suspects in custody for the shootings.
The ambush attack actually happened right outside of the District 3 police station. The station is located near police headquarters in Palmer Park, Md..
The suspect walked up and fired away at police without warning or provocation. Other officers ran out and returned fire courageously. They wounded the suspect and arrested him.
Immediately, fellow officers put Colson in a cruiser and took him to Prince George’s Hospital after the attack. The suspect was taken there also and is expected to live.
There was a second suspect who ran away after the shooter fired at the officers. They found him one mile away at a shopping center uninjured.
The Washington Post reported a woman witnessed the shooting. “He fired one shot, and then he started pacing back and forth, then fired another shot,” said Lascelles Grant, a nurse. She added in the account that police began pouring out of the station. “Just looking outside, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, look at all these police officers running out, putting their lives really in danger.'”
Officer Colson was a narcotics officer and was working under cover when he was shot. John Teletchea, president of the Fraternal Order of Police said Colson had a smile that could light up the room. He was a “cop’s cop” and a friend that will be missed.
Dozens of police showed up at the hospital when the news spread about Officer Colson. They were seen joining hands in a large circle and saying a prayer for their brother in blue.