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Other Officer 'Deliberately Aimed' at Maryland Cop in Fatal Shooting

But with no malice, police chief says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2016 2:15 PM CDT
Other Officer 'Deliberately Aimed' at Maryland Cop in Fatal Shooting
This undated photo provided by the Prince George's County Police Department shows officer Jacai Colson, a 4-year veteran of the Maryland county's police force.   (Prince George's County Police Department via AP)

(Newser) – Jacai Colson, the Maryland police officer killed by friendly fire during a shootout outside a police station Sunday, was shot by another officer who "deliberately aimed at him," the Prince George's County police chief said Wednesday. The chief clarified that there was no malice involved, but the situation was "incredibly chaotic," CBS Baltimore reports. Colson, an undercover cop, was in plainclothes when he arrived on the scene and started shooting at the attacker.

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Michael Ford, the suspected shooter, has been hit with 25 charges including second-degree murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy. Police say the 22-year-old fired on the station in the hopes of being killed in a "suicide by cop" scenario. His two younger brothers, who allegedly drove him there and recorded the shootout, also face charges including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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