The Hampden County District Attorney’s office will be reviewing an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Springfield Tuesday night.
Ryan Walsh, the public information officer for the Springfield Police Department, said that the incident began around 10:30 after an attempted traffic stop where the driver, Luis Suarez of Springfield, refused to stop.
“A short low speed pursuit ensued and the suspect’s vehicle struck a parked car,” Walsh said in a tweet. He added that the car then crashed into a fence and porch on Pendleton Avenue.
Officers then approached the vehicle, but Suarez allegedly attempted to flee by putting the car in reverse, according to Walsh.
Out of fear for their own safety, Walsh said, one of the officers on scene fired their weapon. Suarez was hit in the arm and taken to Baystate Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, only after being placed under arrest.
The officer involved in this shooting had their service pistol retrieved and is being evaluated. “As is policy,” Walsh said.
Suarez has been charged with the following:
Western Mass News will update this story as more information becomes available.
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