A wanted Springfield man attempted to pull a loaded gun on the officers who arrested him in the city's South End neighborhood Saturday night.
Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said that street crime officers spotted the dangerous suspect, identified as 20-year-old Derieke Walker, of 41 Bloomfield St., walking in front of 134 Mill St. at about 10:50 p.m.
Police approached Walker and stopped him in his tracks.
“Walker then reached to his belt and attempted to take out a gun he had hidden there,” Delaney said.
Officers Herman Little, Jonathan Torres, Jose Canini and Jimmy Crogan drew their firearms and ordered Walker to take his hands off of the gun, which was a fully loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun that already had a round in the chamber.
“These officers utilized great restraint and professionalism even after Walker refused to comply with their commands,” Delaney said.
Walker was arrested and found to be in possession of cocaine and heroin packaged for sale and $66.
“The officers in the SPD are highly trained for situations just like this and it shows,” Delaney said. “Next time you see a Springfield cop, thank him or her for the job they do every day.”
Walker was charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Walker also was wanted on four active arrest warrants from Fall River for assault charges and larceny.
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