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Man says he shot at police because he wanted to die

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Posted at 5:47 AM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 05:47:17-04

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - A man charged with murder in the friendly-fire shooting death of an undercover police detective says he was trying to get himself killed when he attacked a police station and never intended to harm anybody.

Michael Ford testified Wednesday at his trial that he never saw Prince George's County detective Jacai Colson before a fellow officer mistakenly shot the plainclothes narcotics detective.

But authorities say Ford exchanged gunfire with Colson before Officer Taylor Krauss shot his colleague. Krauss, who wasn't charged in Colson's death, testified that he never saw the detective hold up a badge or heard him identify himself as a police officer before shooting him once in the chest.

Ford said he didn't know his two younger brothers were using their cellphones to videotape the attack.