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LR man faces 8 counts in gunfire exchange with police

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published July 2, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. Updated July 2, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.

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Patrick Fitzgerald Johnson.

2706 S. Washington St.

A 43-year-old Little Rock man is facing eight counts of attempted murder after he opened fire as authorities served a search warrant Tuesday night, police said.

Patrick Fitzgerald Johnson made an initial video appearance in Little Rock District Court on Wednesday, during which his bail was set at $250,000.

Police say they were serving a "high risk search and seizure warrant" looking for cocaine about 9 p.m. at Johnson's home at 2706 S. Washington St. when he opened fire.

One officer, whom Lt. Sidney Allen identified as five-year force veteran Scott Miles, returned fire. Police say no one was hit in the exchange of shots.

Johnson didn't speak during the brief appearance before District Judge Alice Lightle, but a public defender representing him during the hearing said he didn't know it was officers, only that it was "people with guns," when he fired.

"Once he became aware it was the police, he dropped the weapon to the floor," deputy public defender Mary Katherine Williams said.

Johnson is also charged with possession of a firearm by a certain person. Prosecutors said during the hearing he has several previous criminal convictions on charges including assault, battery and criminal impersonation.

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Murphy01 says... July 2, 2014 at 12:11 p.m.

To bad officer Miles missed.

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cybereve1 says... July 2, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.

This man has only been accused, not convicted! Maybe you should withstand punishment for everything you've been accused of. I know I've been accused of things I was totally innocent of. Bet you consider yourself a Christian, they're always the first to want punishment. Facts are not necessary or needed!

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Dontsufferfools says... July 2, 2014 at 2:22 p.m.

Murphy's clearly not a Christian, as he seeks Fitzgerald's death. A Christian would pray for his redemption.

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Popsmith says... July 2, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

Is anything being done to teach kids how to stay out of jail?

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LR1955 says... July 2, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

Cyber...1 - Prosecutors said during the hearing he has several --->previous criminal convictions<--on charges including assault, battery and criminal impersonation.

DSF - are you a Christian?

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FIREARK says... July 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.

do parents still teach their kids how to stay out of jail?

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Capitalist12 says... July 2, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

Why is he still alive? He fired at police, he is a big target, he was a lethal treat, so why did they miss?

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Murphy01 says... July 3, 2014 at 7:23 a.m.

You good folks don't worry about me. That's the job of the man upstairs. He's a convicted felon it possession of a gun. That much we do know. I'll pass judgement, a couple of you need to concentrate on reading comprehension.

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Dontsufferfools says... July 3, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.

Murph, you can't write "to bad" and then knock anyone else's literacy.

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