Officer-involved shooting under investigation in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Springfield.
Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said a suspect was taken to Baystate Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after the incident, which took place around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday on Woodside Terrace.
Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood told Western Mass News that the interaction began with a stolen vehicle.
“He stole the vehicle early this morning, a little after 7, and we spotted it in a couple different places and we aborted the pursuit,” she said. “We don’t chase stolen vehicles, but he seemed to be kind of staying in the area and almost hit somebody on School Street. Then, a car did spot it on Woodside Terrace and it pulled into a driveway, so the cruiser blocked him in the driveway.”
She told us that the suspect did not get out of the car when told to do so, and hit the police cruiser as well as a car in the driveway before driving up on the lawn.
Superintendent Clapprood said that he started driving toward an officer, who then fired a shot that hit the suspect in the elbow. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and placed under arrest for multiple charges, including assault by means of a stolen car.
Superintendent Clapprood said that he will be arraigned Thursday.
The shooting remains under investigation by the Springfield Police Detective Bureau, with cooperation from the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.
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