Brothers plead guilty to role in PG Co. Police station attack that led to officer's death

Ford brothers (Courtroom art by William Hennessy)

Two brothers pleaded guilty Tuesday to their involvement in the 2016 attack on a Prince George's County Police station in Landover that led to the friendly fire death of Det. Jacai Colson.

On Tuesday, Malik Ford admitted to driving the car and recording his brother Michael's attack on the police station targeting officers and attempted suicide-by-cop on March 13.

The other brother Elijah says he recorded Michael's will and manifesto.

Colson, an undercover officer, was driving a private car and was not wearing a uniform when he came upon the shooting. He exchanged gunfire with Michael as other officers were also shooting. An officer mistook Colson for a second shooter and shot him.

Michael faces 25 charges including second degree murder and six counts of attempted first degree murder.

Malik and Elijah each faced more than 20 charges in the case. Police say both the younger brothers sat in a car recording video on a cell phone.

Elijah pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder and will serve a 12-year sentence.

Malik pleaded guilty to attempted second degree murder, use of a handgun in commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. He will serve a 20-year sentence.

Michael had requested for his brothers to send the video of the shootout to a girlfriend and the website He is being tried on first degree murder charges.

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