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Baltimore police say man shot at officers while fleeing in minivan with 3-year-old

A man who Baltimore police say shot at them multiple times while fleeing in a minivan with a 3-year-old girl Monday night was taken into custody, a department official said shortly after midnight.

Butch Brandford, 32, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, multiple handgun violations and assault by shooting at, according to police. He was transported to Central Booking Intake Facility, where he is waiting to see a court commissioner. , police said.

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The 3 year-old was slated to undergo a precautionary evaluation at an area hospital for possible injuries. Her condition was not immediately available Tuesday morning. No officers were injured.

Officers were in Mount Clare Junction at approximately 7:39 p.m. when they heard gunfire. Moments later, the Shot Spotter alert system advised officers of gunfire on James Street.

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A shooting was reported Monday morning on the campus of the University of Maryland in downtown Baltimore, according to Alice Cary, chief of UMB police. 

As officers canvassed the area, they observed a gold Ford minivan with its headlights off speeding away from the scene. As police followed the minivan, a gunman inside the vehicle discharged a firearm in the officers’ direction, police said.

While behind the minivan, officers observed a man jump out of the vehicle, the department said. Police continued to follow the minivan and again took on gunfire from a suspect inside the vehicle, they said.

The minivan crashed and a suspect emerged from the driver’s side of the vehicle with the 3-year-old girl, according to the report. The suspect was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered.

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