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Man accused in police station attack found guilty

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 07:06:37-05

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A jury has convicted a man accused of opening fire on a Maryland police station in a videotaped attack before an undercover narcotics detective was mistakenly shot and killed.

The jury Friday found Michael Ford guilty of second-degree murder in the March 2016 shooting death of Prince George's County police detective Jacai Colson. A prosecutor said even though Ford didn't fire the fatal shot, he created a "combat zone" outside the station and caused Colson's death.

Deliberations began Friday, a day after attorneys for both sides presented closing arguments.

Ford testified that he wanted police to kill him and didn't intend for anyone else to be harmed.

Ford's two younger brothers filmed cellphone videos of the shooting from a car. Both pleaded guilty to related charges and await sentencing hearings.