The Latest: Court papers add new detail in police shooting

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Posted: Mar 15, 2016 12:17 PM
The Latest: Court papers add new detail in police shooting

CHEVERLY, Md. (AP) — The Latest on charges against three brothers accused in a shootout at a Maryland police station that left an officer dead from friendly fire, according to police (all times local):

12 p.m.

A court document has new details about the shooting outside a Prince George's County police station that left an officer dead.

Police have said that the shooter, Michael Ford, and brothers Malik Ford and Elijah Ford, who recorded the attack on police on their cellphones, would be charged in the shooting.

Court paperwork provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday by prosecutors says that during the shooting, officers asked Malik and Elijah Ford, who were sitting in a car, where the shooter was. The document says Malik Ford shouted he didn't know, even though video shows he could see his brother hiding behind a police van.

The document also says Michael Ford initially walked to the wrong building and that his brothers directed him to the police station. The document says Michael Ford had discussed with his brothers his plan to attack police and engage in a shootout.

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11:40 a.m.

The legal guardian for a man accused in a shootout at a Maryland police station that led to a police officer's death from friendly fire says the man was diagnosed as bipolar and received Social Security disability payments.

Forty-year-old Hyacinth Tucker took over as legal guardian for 22-year-old Michael Ford when Ford was 16. That's when Tucker says Ford's mother kicked him out of the house. Tucker tells The Associated Press that Ford was homeless for a while and had brushes with the law.

Tucker says she spoke to Ford last week, when he told her he wanted to talk in person. She says he came by her house on Saturday but she wasn't home. The shootout at the police station occurred Sunday afternoon.

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11 a.m.

Two brothers who filmed another brother shooting at drivers and police officers outside a Maryland police station will appear in court Wednesday for a bond review hearing.

A spokesman for the Prince George's County Office of the State's Attorney, John Erzen, says Malik and Elijah Ford each face 15 charges related to Sunday's shooting outside a Prince George's County police station in which an undercover officer was killed.

Police say the two brothers recorded the attack on their cellphones as a third brother, Michael Ford, began the gunfight. The charges against them include multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Michael Ford is still hospitalized and has not been charged, but Cpl. Harry Bond said once he is released, he would be transferred to the Department of Corrections.

Erzen says prosecutors will ask at Wednesday's hearing that 21-year-old Malik Ford and 18-year-old Elijah Ford continue to be held without bond.

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4:15 a.m.

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.

Prince George's County police Chief Hank Stawinski said Monday 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.