The police officer who was critically injured in a shooting this evening at the Prince George’s County Police Department headquarters died after what authorities called an unprovoked attack on the station.
Prince George’s County Officer Jacai Colson, 28, was a four-year veteran who was shot during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect after the individual allegedly opened fire on the Landover, Maryland, station, PGPD Chief Hank Stawinski told reporters tonight.
The arrested suspect was also shot, and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the same hospital where the officer died. The officers had not engaged the suspect in any way before the shooting, the chief added.
Stawinski also said a second person was arrested and was being interrogated.
"We do not believe there are outstanding suspects but investigation is in early stages," the department tweeted earlier.
Police had previously said there was a possible active shooter, or shooters, and advised residents to stay indoors and avoid the area.
The FBI said its field office based in Baltimore is assisting in the response.
We have a 2nd suspect in custody. Prelim: we do not believe there are outstanding suspects but investigation is in early stages.— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 13, 2016
202 closed @ 495. 202 also closed at MLK as well. Barlowe Road closed, no traffic able to enter Barlowe Road from side streets. #mdtraffic— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 13, 2016
UPDATE: We have 1 suspect in custody in connection with shooting of our officer.— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 13, 2016
From Beltway down 202 to MLK is closed to traffic. Residents who live near PGPD HQ are asked to stay indoors.— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 13, 2016
Officer critically wounded. Palmer Park/Landover residents near Barlowe Rd/Rt 202: Shelter in place. Shooter(s) at large.— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 13, 2016
Officer shot, possible active shooter(s) outside District III station next to PGPD HQ. Stay inside. Avoid area.— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) March 13, 2016