Springfield man accused of pointing gun at school bus drivers

A Springfield man is facing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at school bus drivers late last week.
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 11:44 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2022 at 5:34 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A Springfield man is facing charges after allegedly pointing a gun at school bus drivers late last week.

Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that officers were called to Berkshire Avenue around 6:15 a.m. Friday for a report of someone pointing a gun at those drivers. No students were on-board the buses at the time.

Police arrived and located 27-year-old Luis Rivera of Springfield near the intersection of Cottage and Berkshire Avenue. He reportedly refused to obey officers and tried to walk away. Investigators also saw a firearm-shaped item that he was allegedly trying to hide.

Luis Rivera
Luis Rivera(Springfield Police)

“After further attempts to de-escalate the situation were unsuccessful and Rivera continuously refusing to show his hands, an officer discharged their taser and Rivera dropped a firearm,” Walsh explained.

Police told us the bus drivers were not injured in the incident, but are shaken up.

“We don’t have much of a history with him, but he was armed, he was not complying, he was extremely dangerous having a loaded firearm with him,” Walsh said. " So, it’s lucky no one got hurt in the incident.”

A gun and ammunition were recovered and Rivera was arrested on charges including carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a FID card, resisting arrest, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and a default warrant.