State police exchange gunfire with suspected drunk driver in Easton

A man in the midst of a traffic stop in Easton abruptly fled and exchanged gunfire with Maryland State Police troopers early Thursday morning, police said.

State police identified the driver as Brooks S. Perry, 28, whose last known address was in Milford, Del. Authorities said a warrant has been issued for his arrest and that he is also wanted on a separate traffic warrant in Delaware, where his driver's license is suspended.

Troopers noticed a dark colored Hyundai that was speeding on Route 404 near Route 50, and pulled the driver over on eastbound Route 50 near Easton Airport around midnight, police said. Perry allegedly appeared drunk and was acting suspiciously, asking troopers if they were going to call for backup. Police said he gave troopers a false name and said he had no identification on him.

As troopers called for backup, Perry drove away from the stop and was followed by police for about seven miles before he stopped near a golf course, got out of the car and ran away, police said. Perry climbed a chain link fence and at the top of the fence, pulled out of a gun and fired at troopers, police said.

Cpl. Joshua Resh, a road patrol supervisor assigned to the Easton Barrack, exchanged gunfire with the man, but no troopers were struck and there was no indication that the suspect was struck, either, police said.

Route 50 was closed in the area for the investigation and police are still searching for Perry. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or call the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack at 410-819-4747. Resh will be placed on routine administrative leave while the matter is investigated internally, police said.

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