UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Prince George’s County undercover police detective in 2016.
Michael Ford was also convicted on assault and weapons charges, according to the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.
Ford was found responsible for the death of Prince George’s County Police Det. Jacai Colson after opening fire outside of a police station in an unprovoked attack on March 13, 2016. Meanwhile, Ford's two younger brothers were recording the shooting from a car on their cellphones.
Prosecutors showed the video footage to jurors during the trial.
This sparked a shootout outside of the police station. Colson, who was off-duty at time, arrived at the police station in plainclothes, but was mistaken for being one of the attackers and ended up being shot by a fellow officer, Taylor Krauss.
Ford's attorney said his client wanted to commit "suicide by cop" and was not trying to harm anyone else. He also said Ford fired up to 23 shots but did not hit anybody.
Ford, then 22, dictated his last will and testament minutes before his brothers dropped him off at the station, police said in a 2016 news release, citing cellphone video recorded by one of Ford's brothers.
A police detective testified in 2016 that Ford's brothers agreed to film the shooting so the video could be sent to WorldstarHipHop.com, a website known for posting users' violent videos. Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks has said the cellphone videos were an attempt to gain notoriety.
A grand jury declined to indict Krauss on any charges related to Colson's shooting.
Colson's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Prince George's County and Krauss.
Ford is facing a minimum of 65 years in prison, officials say.
Both of Ford’s brothers have pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting their sentencing hearings.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.