Eastern Shore police officers leaving a meeting at the U.S. District Court building in downtown Baltimore on Wednesday night spotted a wanted man and attempted to apprehend him, leading to a car crash, state police confirmed.
Spokesman Greg Shipley said the officers, from Wicomico County and part of a federal drug task force, were leaving the meeting when they saw Shawn L. Brown driving a BMW. He said they were familiar with Brown and knew he was wanted on a drug warrant from their area.
Shipley said Brown realized he was being followed, and began "driving evasively." At a stop light, the officers approached his vehicle and asked him to step out, but he refused and put the vehicle in reverse, crashing into two vehicles.
Detectives reported hearing what sounded like two gunshots, but Shipley said the officers did not fire their weapons and did not find shell casings. Brown fled and is being sought, Shipley said.
Court records show Brown is from Salisbury and was indicted this month on multiple drug-related charges in Wicomico County. Those records show he is free on $100,000 bond in the case.