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Chief: Shot that killed Maryland detective ‘deliberately aimed’ by another officer

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A 28-year-old officer from Prince George's County, Maryland, was shot and killed on March 13, 2016 after a suspect opened fire on a police station. The fallen officer has been identified as Jacai Colson, a four-year veteran of the department. Colson would have celebrated his 29th birthday this week. Two suspects were arrested.

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Maryland — The gunshot that struck a police officer in Maryland this week was “deliberately aimed at him by another police officer,” a chief said Wednesday.

It was previously known that Officer First Class Jacai Colson had been killed by friendly fire.

“The shot that struck and killed Detective Colson was deliberately aimed at him by another police officer. It’s another tragic dimension to this unfolding story,” Prince George’s County police Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters.

He stressed how chaotic the situation was and that he does not believe any malice was involved on the part of the officer who fired the weapon.

The chief stopped short of speculating what that officer may have believed about Colson in the moment.

Colson was in plain clothes with no bulletproof vest when he jumped out of his unmarked car Sunday to confront a gunman outside of a police station. Three other officers returned fire.

“The environment was incredible chaotic. We had officers under fire immediately, trying to seek cover,” Stawinski said.

“There’s no intention, as I have seen the facts and as they have been explained to me, to indicate any malice or anything along those lines.”