- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 13, 2016

Jacai Colson has been identified as the Prince George’s County police officer killed in a shooting Sunday at the department’s Landover, Md. station.

“Our fallen Officer is 29-year-old Jacai Colson #3693,” Prince George’s County police tweeted shortly after 8:30 p.m.

The department later tweeted a clarification stating that Officer Colson was 28 and would have turned 29 this week.

Officer Colson was an undercover officer and a four-year veteran of the force.

John Teletchea, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter, called Officer Colson a friend and a “cop’s cop during a Sunday night press conference.

Jacai had an infectious smile, he lit up a room,” he said.

Officers gathered and held hands in a prayer circle outside Prince George’s Medical Center, where had been taken in critical condition after the ambush.

According to his Facebook page, Officer Colson was a native of Pennsylvania who graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, in 2009. He played football as a defensive back and wide receiver during his freshman season after having played quarterback in high school.

Pedro Arruza, his coach at Randolph-Macon, told the Washington Post that the future officer was “a really respectful kid and just a high-character young man. He treated everyone with respect.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan offered his condolences Sunday night in a Facebook post and ordered state flags flown at half-staff.

“The First Lady and I send our sincere prayers to the family and loved ones of Officer Colson, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his fellow citizens and community,” Mr. Hogan wrote. “It is my hope that his proud legacy of commitment and passion for law enforcement and serving others will provide some comfort in the difficult days that lie ahead.”

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