Michael Ford is only 22, but he recorded his last will and testament in a cellphone video and then headed to the Landover, Md., police station on a quiet Sunday afternoon to die, police said.
Ford fired randomly at an ambulance, other vehicles and the doors of the station, pinning down officers who poured from the station to confront him, police said. Two of his brothers stood nearby recording the ambush with cellphones as it unfolded moment by agonizing moment.
Amid that barrage, an off-duty detective, Jacai Colson, arrived to visit another officer. Colson sprang from an unmarked police car and “heroically” drew Ford’s fire as he exchanged shots with the gunman, the police chief said.
The move allowed officers to overcome Ford, but in a chaotic moment, a shot probably fired by one of Colson’s fellow officers struck him and ultimately took his life.
Colson, an undercover narcotics detective, was in street clothes. It is unclear whether the officer who shot Colson confused him with an assailant or whether Colson was wounded accidentally amid the chaotic gunfire, Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry Stawinski III said.
This tragic story just keeps getting worse and worse. It certainly disproves that all that is needed is a ‘good guy with a gun.” In our past two cop killings, the good guys, the cops, did have guns. Still, 2 are dead.
What makes this story bizarre, is that two of Michael Ford’s brothers stood nearby and recorded the action. That is totally sick. What is wrong with people? I hope all three spend life in prison. It is as though the brothers pulled the trigger also. Legally, it appears that PG County has a real mess on its hands.
This young officer wasn’t yet 30 years old. He had his entire life ahead of him. It was stolen from him in an instant while some toadie tried a game of cops and robbers along with his brothers. There needs to be a special Hell….
Yes, Blue Lives Matter
[update 10:51 am]