Officer who shot PGPD Detective Jacai Colson during attack on police precinct testifies

Officer Taylor Krauss (Prince George's County Police)

The officer who shot Detective Jacai Colson testified during the Michael Ford trial on Monday.

Prince George's County Officer Taylor Krauss described how he accidentally shot and killed fellow officer Jacai Colson during an ambush attack on a police precinct in 2016.

Michael Ford, the shooter who opened fire on the District 3 station while his brothers shot video, is the one on trial for multiple counts of attempted murder and for the second-degree murder of Colson, but it is Krauss who shot Colson and mistook him for the shooter.

For the first time publicly, Krauss told his side of the story, describing hearing shots, spotting shell casings and carrying a rifle in hand as he crossed a parking lot to confront the shooter, but he saw Colson, who was undercover, with a gun.

Colson actually shot Ford ending the ambush but Krauss perceived a threat and shot three times..the third one fatal. Through tears he testified how he ran down the street after learning he’d shot a cop and immediately recognized Colson.

The head of the police union said Monday its important to remember Krauss is not the one on trial....Ford is.

"His actions that day caused the death of Jacai Colson and he needs to be held accountable for it," said John Teletchea, President of the Fraternal Order of Police.

The trial continues Tuesday and in the front row will again be Colson’s parents, who also heard Krauss’s story in person for the first time, and they blame Ford but also Krauss.

Colson's parents want Krauss charged and they previously filed a lawsuit against him and Prince George's County.

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