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Man charged with shooting at officers during drug raid

Posted June 23, 2010 12:32 p.m. EDT

— 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.