Seven people were arrested and three Gaithersburg city police officers injured as police fought, then exchanged gunfire with drug suspects in the Montgomery County city early yesterday.
County police said the trouble started when three Gaithersburg officers stopped a van on East Diamond Avenue at 12:45 a.m. in connection with a drug investigation. Three men stepped out of the van and were questioned by the police.
A scuffle broke out between police, one of the suspects and his mother, who had walked over from an apartment complex across the street. Two men passing by joined the fight and knocked the officers to the street, police reported.
The officers called for help, and the suspects fled into the apartment complex as other police cruisers arrived.
One man got a .357 magnum revolver from his apartment, came back to the front of the building and fired six shots at the police, flattening one tire on a county police cruiser as it drove into the parking lot. Officer Walter Tahedl fired one shot back. No one was injured in the shooting.
Three Gaithersburg officers injured in the fight were treated and released at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.
The suspect charged with firing the shots, Kemmo Neal, 19, of East Diamond Avenue, was arrested in his apartment and charged with assault, attempted murder and resisting arrest. He was being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville. His mother, Darlene Hall, 39, of East Diamond Avenue, was charged with assault and battery and resisting arrest, and is being held on $2,000 bond.
Shawn Perry, 20, of East Diamond Avenue and Tyler Dudley, 19, of White Barn Court in Gaithersburg, were charged with assault and battery and resisting arrest.
Each was being held on a $60,000 bond.
A 19-year-old Germantown man and a 30-year-old Gaithersburg man also were charged with conspiracy to distribute drugs. A 26-year-old Gaithersburg woman was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.