Officer killed in 'unprovoked attack' in Prince George's Co.

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- One officer was killed and two suspects are in custody after a shooting near the Prince George's County Police Headquarters on Sunday.

Police have identified the fallen officer as 28-year-old Jacai Colson, a narcotics detective. He was dressed in plain clothes when the shooting happened. Colson, a four year veteran of the force, would have celebrated his 29th birthday this week. 

"Jacai had an infectious smile, he lit up a room," according to FOP President Zeek Teletchea, who called him a "cop's cop" and personal friend.

Police say two suspects launched an attack on the police station in the 7600 block of Barlowe Road in Palmer Park as officers were "going about their business on a Sunday afternoon in their home."

"Those officers did not shrink. They bravely advanced and engaged this individual who was threatening not just the police officers and the police facility that he was opening fire upon but numerous members of the community in the area," said Chief Hank Stawinski. 

One suspect was wounded during the altercation and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Prince George's Hospital Center. The other suspect fled and was arrested at a nearby Popeyes.

Police say they are not looking for additional suspects. 

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released the following statement:

"I am shocked and saddened by the news this evening of the death of Prince George's County police officer Jacai Colson in the line of duty. Our administration is committed to assisting Prince George's County officials during this time, and the Maryland State Police are working closely with local law enforcement to provide support as needed.

The First Lady and I send our sincere prayers to the family and loved ones of Officer Colson, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his fellow citizens and community. It is my hope that his proud legacy of commitment and passion for law enforcement and serving others will provide some comfort in the difficult days that lie ahead.

In honor and remembrance of Officer Colson, flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff."

Sunday's attack comes just two weeks after a Prince William County police officer was shot and killed during her first shift on the job. Two other officers were injured in that shooting.

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