- The Washington Times - Friday, July 15, 2016

A Prince George’s County police officer will not be charged in the March death of a fellow officer during a shootout at the District 3 station in Palmer Park.

Officer Taylor Krauss shot and killed Jacai Colson, a 28-year-old undercover narcotics officer in plainclothes at the time, after a man opened fire on the station provoking a firefight, according to Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Ms. Alsobrooks said Colson’s family was disappointed that no charges were filed against Officer Krauss.

“I think they’re grief-stricken,” she said at a Friday press conference.

Police officials said three brothers planned to make a video of one of them ambushing a police station and dying in the ensuing gunfight. The gunman, Michael Ford, started the March 13 confrontation that killed Colson while brothers Elijah and Malik recorded on their cellphones.

Colson, who was off-duty at the time, was mortally wounded by friendly fire from Officer Krauss while trying to distract the gunman as other officers advanced, officials said.

“Police officers run toward disorder. They run toward the sound of shots,” police Chief Henry Stawinski said during a March news conference at police headquarters.

Chief Stawinski said Colson pulled up to the station in the middle of the gunbattle and drew shooter Michael Ford toward him so that six other officers on the scene could apprehend the gunman, who opened fire about 4:30 p.m. outside the District 3 police station.

That was when Colson was hit by a bullet from Officer Krauss.

The chief did say officers wearing street clothes use subtle signals to let other officers know who they are, but that in the chaos of the gunfight, that might not have been possible.

Ford, 22, was injured in the shootout and taken to Prince George’s Hospital Center, where he recovered. Ford was indicted on 55 counts, including second-degree murder. His brothers, Elijah and Malik, were indicted on other counts including murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

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