Man charged for shooting at officers with toddler in car

Man charged for shooting at officers with toddler in car

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Baltimore City Police have charged a 32-year-old man with shooting at police officers with a 3-year-old in his car.

Police say 32 year-old Butch Brandford has been charged with, 1st & 2nd degree assault, several handgun violations and assault by shooting at.

At approximately 7:39 p.m. Tuesdsay, officers were in the area of Mount Clare junction 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 mini-van with its headlights turned off speeding away from the scene. Police began to follow the vehicle.

While following the mini-van they say a gunman inside the van discharged a firearm in the officer's direction.

While behind the mini-van, officers said they saw a man jump out. Police continued to follow the mini-van and continued to take on gunfire from a suspect inside the vehicle.

The mini-van crashed and a suspect came from the driver's side of the vehicle with a 3 year-old girl.

The suspect, Butch Brandford was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered.

The toddler was taken to an area hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

Brandford is being held at the Central Booking Intake Facility where he is waiting to see a Court Commissioner.

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