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Armed suspect running from police prompted school lockdown in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A Springfield man is facing a number of charges including two counts of assault to murder after he reportedly pointed a gun at police officers Tuesday afternoon.

Springfield police said officers were called to the 500 block of Main Street around 12:35 for a report of a man with a gun involved in an argument.

When officers approached the suspect, who was identified as 20-year-old Carmelo Rivera, he fled on foot and pulled a revolver from his waistband.

Rivera went into a crouched combat stance but the gun got caught in his shirt so he kept running towards the South End Middle School which prompted the school to be placed into lockdown. 

As the foot pursuit continued, Rivera cut his arm while climbing over a fence on the 800 block of Main Street and pointed his gun at two other police officers who were on the other side of the fence.

Rivera was ordered to put his gun down, but he continued to run and eventually tossed his gun that was later recovered by police.

Police said Rivera was taken into custody without incident after he tripped and fell on Main and William Street.

Rivera was charged with the following:

• Two counts assault to murder
• Carrying a firearm on school grounds
• Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
• Improper storage of a firearm
• Possession of ammo without an ID
• Possession of a firearm in a felony
• Resisting arrest

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