A Fern Rock man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly shooting at a group of people on South Street and then firing at police.
The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. on South Street near 6th. Police said a man approached three people and began flirting with one of the women in the group. After the woman rebuked his advances, an argument ensued, at which point the man grabbed the woman and flashed a gun he had tucked in his waistband and threatened the group, police said.
According to police, the man walked away, crossed South Street, pulled out the gun and fired once at the group, striking a parked car. As the group ran for cover, officers in the area saw the commotion and ran towards the scene. A sergeant and an officer chased after the alleged gunman as he fled towards 7th and Kater streets. During the pursuit, police said, the gunman fired at the officers.
Other officers in the area responded and police apprehended the man without further incident. Police said they recovered a .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun still loaded with one round.
Isaac Carmichael, 42, of North 12th Street near Chew, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assaulted and related charges. Police said Carmichael has three prior arrests, including two for weapons offenses.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also investigating the incident to see if federal charges are warranted.
A police spokeswoman commended the officers for arresting Carmichael without injuries to officers or any pedestrians.
"This is an example of these officers' bravery, [exceptional] thinking and awareness," Officer Jillian Russell said. "This was an area crowded with civilians and these [officers] clearly would have been justified in returning fire, but they didn't want to risk injury to any other civilians. So with disregard for their own safety, in effort to protect the public, they bravely continued to pursue this male until he was apprehended without discharging their weapons."
Police came under fire last week for three shootings, including the fatal shooting of a man in Germantown. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has called for an independent review of police-involved shootings, which jumped 50 percent last year.