Suspect in MD police shooting charged with second-degree murder
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A man accused of shooting at a Maryland police station to allegedly provoke officers into killing him has been charged with second-degree murder.
Michael Ford, 22, 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, Prince George's County State's Attorney spokesman John Erzen confirmed Wednesday.
Police have said Ford, who is being held without bail, fired on the station to draw officers' attention and hoped to die in a "suicide by cop."
Ford's two brothers - Malik, 21, and Elijah, 18, - drove him to the police station and used their cellphones to record video of the firefight, according to police. They also made a video of their older brother's "last will and testament" minutes before the shooting started, police said.
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.
Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Monday he couldn't explain the "frightening" actions of the shooter or his brothers.
"It doesn't make any sense," Stawinski said.
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