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Published: Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
Updated: Friday, November 30, 2018 @ 11:04 PM
CLAY TWP. — A man who fired shots at an administrative building in Clay Twp. on Friday was wounded by officers in an exchange of gunfire after a police pursuit that ended in Clayton.
UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m. (Nov. 30): A man who fired shots at the Clay Twp. Administrative Building on Friday afternoon was chased and shot by police in Clayton.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rob Streck said investigators are trying to determine a motive for the shooting.
“We do not know why he did it,” Streck said.
“While he was being loaded up into the ambulance, (he) made some strange statements. We have to wonder what his condition is,” Streck said.
Neither his name, age, address nor condition had been made public by Friday night while the sheriff’s office investigates the incident with assistance from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
The incident began about 1 p.m. when the man fired shots at the government center on Arlington Road, just north of Interstate 70. Police inside exited the building and approached the man, who fled in a car. No one was injured at the building.
The man drove east into Clayton with police in pursuit. He was stopped about 1:15 p.m. after running over a tire deflation device laid down by a state trooper on North Diamond Mill Road, south of U.S. 40.
Officers exchanged gunfire with the man. He was taken to a hospital.
The incident prompted a countywide request for officer assistance. Officers from several communities and the sheriff’s office responded.
Law enforcement officers blocked Arlington Road at the Clay Twp. administrative building for several hours. Investigators also were working on North Diamond Mill Road in Clayton, where the man was shot. One gun was found in his car, according to investigators.
North Diamond Mill Road was shut down also for several hours because of the investigation. Traffic there was allowed to resume just after 6 p.m.
Clay Twp. resident Gary Horstman said he was walking out of the building when he noticed the man, gunning the engine of his black “sporty type” car on the edge of Arlington Road. Horstman initially thought gunshots were the car backfiring.
A police officer ran out and yelled, “Stop,” then drove off in pursuit of the other car, Horstman said.
“I did not see the officer fire any shots,” Horstman said.
Horstman said he never saw the fleeing man fire a gun.
“You don’t expect something like that to happen right in front of you,” he said.