UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A plainclothes narcotics officer killed in a shootout at a Maryland police station is being remembered for his infectious smile and devotion to his job and the people around him.

Officials say Prince George’s County Detective Jacai Colson was killed March 13 by a fellow officer returning fire after a man shot at a police station in Landover. Police say the officer didn’t recognize Colson.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and County Executive Rushern Baker praised the Pennsylvania native’s bravery and dedication to duty, while friends and family spoke of his big heart.

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A wounded suspect, Michael Ford, faces more than two dozen charges, including second-degree murder. Police have described the encounter as a suicide attempt by Ford. His two brothers have also been charged.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Ford.

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