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Brothers accused in recording attack that left officer dead

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 15, 2016 2:49 AM
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Prince George's County police officers attend the news conference at at Prince George's County Police headquarters Monday, March 14, 2016, in Hyattsville, Md. Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the force and a undercover narcotics officer was mortally wounded by his own colleagues as he responded to an attack on his police station by a gunman with a death wish, their police chief angrily explained on Monday. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Cheverly, Md.) -- Police say they may never be able to satisfactorily explain why a man with a death wish shot at drivers and officers outside a police station in suburban Maryland while his brothers filmed the firefight on their cellphones. 

Undercover narcotics officer Jacai Colson was killed in Sunday's gunfight outside the station in Prince George's County, wounded by a bullet fired by one of his colleagues. 

Colson was a Pennsylvania native and graduated from Chichester High School in Delaware County.

Prince George's County police Chief Hank Stawinski says he couldn't explain the "frightening'' actions of the shooter or his two brothers. 

Police say the gunman, 22-year-old Michael Ford, dictated a "last will and testament'' just minutes before his brothers drove him to the station. 

Ford was hospitalized but expected to survive.

The chief says all three brothers were arrested and will face dozens of charges. 

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all U.S. and commonwealth flags in the state Capitol complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Delaware County to fly at half-staff to honor Colson.

Wolf says he wants to honor the 28-year-old officer's "ultimate sacrifice ... to protect his community.'' 

Flags will remain at half-staff until interment. 

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The parents of police officer Jacai Colson, James and Sheila Colson attend a news conference at Prince George's County Police headquarters Monday, March 14, 2016, in Hyattsville, Md. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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