A 28-year-old officer from Prince George’s County, Maryland, was shot and killed Sunday after a suspect opened fire on a police station, authorities said.
Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters that the suspect launched an unprovoked attack. Officers returned fire.
During the exchange, the suspect was wounded, Stawinski said. He is expected to survive. A second suspect was also arrested.
The chief identified the fallen officer as Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the department. Colson would have celebrated his 29th birthday this week.
“This is truly a dark day,” said Fraternal Order of Police President John Teletchea. “An unwarranted, unprovoked attack on our police officers at a police station. Absolutely unprecedented and unacceptable.”
He described Colson as someone with an infectious smile and tremendous personality.
“He was a police officer who was a real cop’s cop. He didn’t shy away from any calls. He never shirked his responsibility. He was always working and he was always there for his fellow brothers and sisters,” Teletchea said.
“Personally, he was a very close friend of mine. I’m going to miss him dearly.”