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.

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.

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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