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Gunfire exchanged as Andrews officer attempts arrest

  • Sunday, September 1, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:33 am

Gunfire erupted between an Andrews police officer and a suspect during an incident overnight Friday.
Police Chief Joseph Cooper said the identity of the person who fired the shot is unknown. He said it happened while the officer was trying to arrest a person who was drinking in public.
Cooper said the incident happened at the “Blues” club in the 100 block of West Main Street. He said when the officer identified himself to the suspect he saw a “large bulge on his hip that appeared to be a butt of a handgun.”
When the officer asked the man for identification, he fled through the club, out a back door and then ran across the road, Cooper said.
During the chase, the suspect “presented a weapon and fired several shots at the officer while the officer” but the officer was not struck, said Cooper, adding the officer “took up a defensive position and returned shots at the unknown suspect.”
The suspect also was unharmed.
Cooper said the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search with its S.W.A.T. team and canine unit but the suspect was not located.

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