EASTON, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland State Police have arrested an armed suspect they say fled from a Talbot County traffic stop and opened fire on officers.
Police found Brooks Perry, of Milford, Del., shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday in a high marsh grass area along Glebe Creek Road in Easton. Officers used a bullhorn to inform him that he was surrounded. Perry, 28, surrendered moments later.
He was charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime and one count of fraudulent personal identification to avoid prosecution. He is also charged with multiple traffic charges including fleeing and eluding, and driving on a revoked and suspended license. He will be transported to the Talbot County Detention Center for his initial appearance before a court commissioner.
It all started near the intersection of Routes 50 and 404 late Wednesday evening.
Police say a trooper stopped Perry for speeding. During contact with him, the trooper noted signs indicating Perry was possibly driving under the influence.
The trooper had Perry remain in his car and called for backup, due to his suspicious actions, which included asking the trooper if he was going to call for backup.
Before backup arrived, police say the driver drove off. Troopers pursued Perry for about seven miles east on Rt. 50. The driver pulled to the side of the road on eastbound Rt. 50 north of the Easton Airport and fled on foot across westbound Rt. 50 and onto the grounds of a golf course.
Four state troopers pursued the suspect on foot. During the foot pursuit, the suspect climbed a chain link fence. When he reached the top of the fence, police say he pulled a gun and fired toward the troopers. A trooper then opened fire, but the suspect climbed down the other side of the fence and fled the area on foot.
No state troopers were hit by Perry’s gunfire. State Police have found no evidence the Perry was struck by gunfire. He had no injuries other than some scratches. At his arrest, he complained about being cold. He was otherwise determined to be in good condition.
A reverse 911 call was placed to residents in the area to inform them of the incident. Rt. 50 was closed for several hours due to the search and crime scene processing.
A gun used by the suspect has not been recovered.
Police say witnesses helped narrow down the search area.
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