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Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department, was involved in a shootout with a pair of suspects Sunday afternoon outside a Landover, Md. police station. Colson was fatally shot, and the suspects, one of which was wounded, were taken into custody.

The Washington Post reports that the shooting was explained by officers on the scene as an ambush attack and that Colson exchanged gunfire with the suspects. Although initial reports didn’t confirm the identity of the gunmen, it was later revealed that they were brothers from the city of Temple Hills in Maryland.

From the Post:

Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III said a man walked up to the District III station and opened fire outside the front doors about 4:30 p.m. Officers rushed out to stop the attack. Officer Jacai Colson, 28, a four-year department veteran, was killed in the gunfight, the chief said. Police said the suspect was wounded and taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police said they didn’t know of a motive, but the suspect and a man police officials described as his brother were both in custody.

“One of your defenders lost his life in defense of this community today. This was an unprovoked attack,” Stawinski said at a somber news conference Sunday night.

A relative and law enforcement officials identified the two people in custody as Malik Ford and Michael Ford, both of Temple Hills.

Colson was a native of Pennsylvania and played football at Randolph-Macon College. Colson’s 29th birthday was to occur this week.

Photo: P.G. County Police

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