06/05/2012

Charges dropped against Va. cop in firefighter stabbing

Bradley Colas says an uncommon reaction to the antibiotic Biaxin caused him to hallucinate

By PoliceOne Staff

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. — Charges were dropped Monday against a Virginia Beach police officer accused of attacking two firefighters at a crash scene.

Bradley Colas, 23, was accused of shooting at and stabbing two firefighters who were at the scene of a March 4 accident involving the officer, according to WAVY. He allegedly stabbed the firefighters as they treated his injuries, then drew a firearm and began shooting.

Colas says an uncommon reaction to the antibiotic Biaxin caused him to hallucinate, leading him to believe the firefighters were trying to prevent him from seeing Jesus in Philadelphia, according to court testimony.

"I was just out of my mind. Everything, when you're on the influence of that drug, everything seems so real," Colas said.

Colas was charged with malicious wounding, attempted murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, which could be pursued at a later date. The officer remains on leave, and was thankful as he left the Accomack County Jail.

"Honestly my first thoughts go out to the firefighters. I'm just thankful nobody got hurt any worse than what happened and I just really appreciate their understanding and graciousness throughout this process."

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