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Video: Thousands Attend Memorial for Fallen Maryland Officer

March 26, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Thousands Attend Memorial for Fallen Maryland Officer

Prince George's (MD) County Police Officer Jacai Colson was laid to rest Friday as thousands gathered to honor the officer killed in the line of duty.

Fellow law enforcement officers from around the region gathered Friday morning as Colson's casket arrived at the church where he was remembered.

Officer Colson's viewing and funeral took place at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro.

Colson was reportedly killed in a "blue-on-blue" shooting during a gunfight with a man attacking his station. Colson, an undercover officer, was not in uniform during the attack and was apparently mistaken for one of the attackers in the battle. During the fight, he reportedly drew fire from the attacker to himself to protect fellow officers.

Both the viewing and funeral were originally not open to the public. Family and the police decided to open everything up to the public because of the amount of the support received from the community, WUSA TV reports.

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kevCopAz @ 3/26/2016 5:11 PM

heart breaking. Other then killing an innocent child, this is a LEOs worst nightmare. I feel for this officers family, this officer and the officer(s) who fired the shots, Im sure their life will suffer from this incident as well.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/27/2016 1:07 PM

I agree. Its too bad that another Officer fired that shot. I know it was an accident, but Officer Colson's co-worker who shot him is feeling really bad about about this. But you don't see that on the news. All they say is "Crazy cop with bad aim shoots his friend". I believe that Officer Colson would forgive him, and I think we all should. I for one am praying for that Officer. As a Explorer Sgt. in South Eastern Arizona and a future Deputy, I fully realize the possibility that something similar could happen to me or someone I know.

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