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Man charged with shooting at officers during drug raid

Posted June 23, 2010

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— A Rocky Mount man faces seven counts of attempted murder after officers were fired upon while searching a house for drugs late Tuesday.

Police said that Antwan Harris fired a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun multiple times at members of the Street Engagement Team when they announced themselves and entered a house at 617 S. Taylor St. around 11:30 p.m.

Officers didn't return fire but took cover, police said. Eventually, Harris and a woman, Tinasha Johnson, who was also in the house, surrendered.

No officer was hit by gunfire, but one had a bullet hole in his uniform, police said. A vehicle parked across the street was damaged by gunfire. One officer was treated for a minor abrasion.

Police said they seized 3½ pounds of marijuana, two digital scales, $400 in cash and a firearm that had been stolen in 2007.

Harris was charged with seven counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of maintaining a dwelling for drug purposes, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and damage to property.

Police said he would also face federal charges for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, felony possession of a firearm, maintaining a dwelling for drug purposes and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Harris' bond was set at more than $1 million.

Johnson, 28, was charged with maintaining a dwelling for drug purposes. Her bond was set at $5,000.

Harris has previous convictions for selling drugs and five other felony and misdemeanor drug charges, according to state Department of Correction records. He has served one six-month prison, ending in January 2009.

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  • brand7976 Jun 23, 2010

    It was probably a no-knock warrant and the cops are lying now when they say they "announced" themselves. Poor dude probably thought he was being robbed.

    Paramilitary tactics get officers killed and turn citizens against the police.

  • Roland K. Jun 23, 2010

    now he definition of terrorist includes sorry individuals like Harris who shoot at cops during a drug raid? Choose your words more carefully please, jesmyopinion. Or better stop the using the word terrorist altogether. It's a term laden with way too much ideology.

  • oleguy Jun 23, 2010

    He should have resisted arrest, Wait he did, fired at the police, He should be in a box at the morgue.

  • pinball wizard Jun 23, 2010

    Rocky Mount is full of sorry people like Mr. Harris.

  • Just the facts mam Jun 23, 2010

    Too many terrorists among us - the terrorists in other countries are not a concern - it is the terrorists who live among us we need to worry about.

  • wralgolo2 Jun 23, 2010

    That's one lucky LEO to wind up with a bullet hole in his uniform but no injuries.

  • Hans Jun 23, 2010

    "Police said that Antwan Harris fired a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun multiple times at members of the Street Engagement Team when they announced themselves and entered a house

    ANNOUNCED---so its not a no knock warrant"

    Well, they "say" they announced themselves, like they always do. Even if they did, though, it doesn't mean it wasn't a no-knock warrant, correct? They barage in without knocking yelling "police" dresed in black with masks on and whoever is inside has no clue if they're actually police or not. No-knock warrants are a bad idea, period, especially for drug related issues. they put both the officer and anyone else in the house at risk, and nobody should be losing their life over some pot.

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jun 23, 2010

    but apparently it should have been

  • AnotherIgnoredComment Jun 23, 2010

    Police said that Antwan Harris fired a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun multiple times at members of the Street Engagement Team when they announced themselves and entered a house

    ANNOUNCED---so its not a no knock warrant

  • hkypky Jun 23, 2010

    Dear Robes and Suits,

    See!?

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