Police were going about their business on a Sunday afternoon when a gunman fired at the first officer he saw outside a Maryland police station, prompting a gun battle that left an undercover narcotics officer dying and the suspect wounded, authorities say.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the department only days shy of his twenty-ninth birthday, died after the “unprovoked attack” outside the station. The shooting erupted in Landover, a suburb about ten miles northeast of downtown Washington, D.C.
Speaking at a news conference, Stawinski said that once the first shot was fired, several officers fired back at the suspect. He couldn’t say how many shots were exchanged in the confrontation that began about 4:30 p.m.
The mayor of Chester pleaded for calm Sunday, following a police-involved shootout that left a suspect dead, a police officer hospitalized and tensions running high in a crime-weary neighborhood.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Parker and Union streets.
Police say it started as a suspected stolen car stop, turned into a chase and ended in a shootout with three armed suspects.
"The persons within the vehicle were uncooperative with police. Then there was an exchange of gunfire," said Chester Police Chief James Nolan. "To our understanding, someone in the car began shooting at police. Police returned fire."
When it was over, one suspect was dead, another was critically wounded, and a Chester Police captain lay injured.
Officer Colson is the twentieth cop slain in the line of duty calendar year-to-date, in case you're keeping score, triple the rate of last year.
The "Great Unifying" anti-local-law-enforcement Obama White House evidently had no comment, other than a smirk and slow nod of satisfaction.