Pickerington Man Accused Of Firing On Officers During Raid

UPDATED: Saturday March 26, 2011 1:06 PM

A man faces several charges, including attempted murder and felony assault, after he allegedly opened fire on federal agents and police officers who were conducting a raid of his house on Thursday.

The raid on Haywood Court was part of a cocaine and marijuana investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency said.

According to investigators, narcotics officers and agents tossed tear gas through the home's front window and used a battering ram on the front door.  Officers were inside the house when Delaino Garland began firing, authorities said.

No one was struck by the gunfire.

Neighbors could not recall anything suspicious about Garland.  Many said he was friendly, Landers reported.

Relatives said that Garland owned his own dump truck business and was not involved in drugs.

"My brother don't do stuff like that," said Ken Garland.

Garland's son, Delaino Garland Jr., also denied any drug accusations involving his father, who he said was a licensed gun owner.

Agents did not say whether drugs were found in the home.   They said a second person was arrested at a separate location, Landers reported.

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