D.C. Police Officer Shot and Killed Outside Station; 2 Suspects Held in ‘Unprovoked Attack’

(Photo: Stephanie Ramirez, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.)
(Photo: Stephanie Ramirez, WUSA-TV, Washington, D.C.)

Police in suburban Washington, D.C., have taken two suspects into custody after an officer was shot dead outside a district station on Sunday.

Officials in Prince George’s County, Md., tweeted late Sunday: “One of your defenders lost his life in defense of this community today.”

Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III said the shooting was “an unprovoked attack.”

Authorities said another person, who is not a police officer, also was wounded.

A witness, Lascelles Grant, told The Washington Post that she heard what she thought was firecrackers or gunshots. When she looked outside she saw a man dressed in black firing a handgun. “He fired one shot, and then he started pacing back and forth, then fired another shot,” she said.

The officer, 28-year-old Jacai Colson, was a four-year veteran of the department. He was just days shy of his 29th birthday.

Police had advised people near the Prince George’s County Police Department District III Station in Landover to stay inside and avoid the area as they looked for the suspects. After the second person was apprehended Sunday evening, police said they did not believe more suspects were at large, but cautioned the investigation was “in early stages.”

Officials with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say those federal agencies were aiding local police in investigating the shooting.

People gathered outside Prince George’s Hospital Center where the officer was being treated, WUSA-TV reported.

Prince George’s County Assistant Fire Chief Alan Doubleday told WTOP-TV that an “active-shooter situation” unfolded at the district station next to police headquarters on Barlowe Road.

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Greg Toppo on Twitter: @gtoppo

SOURCE: Greg Toppo
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