Ruling: ‘No probable cause’ found for several charges in Md. police ambush

WASHINGTON — Although Prince George’s County police say three brothers are responsible for the death of Officer Jacai Colson, a District Court commissioner has ruled there is not probable cause for second-degree murder and several handgun charges against two of the brothers.

In announcing charges Monday afternoon, Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Malik and Elijah Ford videotaped their brother, Michael, open fire outside the District III police station in Landover, Sunday afternoon.

Each of the Ford brothers was charged with second-degree murder, six counts of attempted first-degree murder, and nine counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, and other charges.

Early Tuesday morning, the court commissioner determined there was not probable cause to charge Elijah and Malik Ford who stood on the sidelines and videotaped the ambush, with second-degree murder.

John Erzen, the spokesman for State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says the commissioner’s ruling isn’t final, and prosecutors may eventually choose to ask a grand jury to indict Elijah, 18, and Malik Ford, 21, on the original set of charges.

Regardless, the six counts of attempted first-degree murder against Malik and Elijah Ford still stand, and both were ordered held without bond.

Michael DeAndre Ford, the 22-year-old shooter according to police, is in stable condition and remained in the hospital Tuesday.

Elijah and Malik Ford are scheduled for a bond review via closed circuit TV on Wednesday afternoon.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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