The Latest: Chief: Officer slain a case of mistaken identity

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Posted: Mar 16, 2016 3:39 PM
The Latest: Chief: Officer slain a case of mistaken identity

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — The Latest on charges in a deadly shootout outside a police station in the Washington suburbs (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A Maryland police chief says a police officer deliberately shot and killed another officer during a chaotic gunfight outside a police station in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Wednesday that the officer did not realize he was firing at another police officer. The officer who was killed, Jacai Colson, was a narcotics detective and was wearing street clothes at the time. Stawinski says the officer thought Colson was an armed threat and feared for his life.

Police have not identified the officer who shot Colson.

The armed man who police say shot at the officers on Sunday afternoon, 22-year-old Michael Ford, faces more than two dozen charges including first-degree murder. He was shot by police and remains hospitalized. Police say his intent in firing at the officers was for them to return fire and kill him.

Police say Ford's two younger brothers aided him in the attack. They were ordered held without bond on Wednesday.

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1:50 p.m.

A Maryland man accused of helping his older brother in an attack on a police station that left an officer dead collapsed during his bond review hearing while listening to his relatives speak about his character.

Malik Ford appeared in a Prince George's County court via closed-circuit television on Wednesday afternoon. He was treated by medical staff for a few minutes after he collapsed, and then the hearing continued, with Ford seated. A judge denied bond for Ford and his 18-year-old brother, Elijah Ford.

Both face charges including attempted murder and conspiracy after police say they helped their older brother, Michael, in his shooting attack on a police station on Sunday afternoon. Police say Michael Ford intended for officers to return fire and kill him. Michael Ford was shot but survived. A plainclothes police officer was shot and killed by what police said was friendly fire.

Seven relatives of the Ford brothers testified about their character at their bond review, calling them good and polite young men who cared for their ailing mother and had never been in serious trouble. Their father and sister were among those who spoke. The relatives declined to comment to reporters after the hearing.

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10:15 a.m.

A man accused of engaging officers in a deadly gun battle outside a police station in the Washington suburbs has been charged with second-degree murder.

Prince George's County State's Attorney spokesman John Erzen confirmed Wednesday that 22-year-old Michael Ford is facing 25 counts, including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, in the incident that turned fatal for Officer Jacai Colson, who was struck by friendly fire. Online court records show Ford is being held without bail.

Police have said Ford fired on the station to draw officers' attention and hoped to die in a "suicide by cop." Police say Ford's brothers, Malik and Elijah, drove him to the station and recorded his "last will and testament" and the firefight. They face multiple charges and are scheduled for bond review hearings Wednesday.

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9:30 a.m.

Two men accused of making videos as their other brother allegedly engaged police in a fatal gun battle will appear in court for a review of their bonds.

The exchange of gunfire Sunday outside a police station in the Washington suburbs turned fatal for Prince George's County Police Officer Jacai Colson, who was struck by friendly fire.

Police have said Michael Ford fired on the station to draw officers' attention and hoped to die in a "suicide by cop." Police say Malik Ford and Elijah Ford drove their brother to the station and recorded his "last will and testament," as well as the firefight.

The brothers face numerous charges, including attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Malik Ford and Elijah Ford are scheduled for bond review hearings Wednesday.