Man flees in minivan with 3-year-old child, shoots at officers, police say


A man accused of shooting at Baltimore police while fleeing in a minivan that contained a 3-year-old girl was arrested Monday night, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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Butch Brandford, 32, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, multiple handgun violations and assault by shooting, police said. No officers were injured, officials said.

The girl’s condition was not known Tuesday, the Sun reported. She was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation, the newspaper reported.

Police said they heard gunfire around 7:39 p.m. Monday and noticed a gold Ford minivan leaving the scene with its headlights off, the Sun reported. As authorities followed the minivan, shots were fired in their direction from the vehicle, the newspaper reported.

Police said a man jumped out of the minivan, but they continued to follow the vehicle. More shots were fired toward the officers, the Sun reported.

The minivan eventually crashed and Brandford emerged from the vehicle, the newspaper said. He was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered, the Sun reported.


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