Officers shot at while responding to Springfield shooting call

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Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 12:09 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Authorities are investigating after Springfield police officers were fired upon as they responded to a call.

Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that officers were on the 200 block of Union Street for a homicide investigation overnight when they heard gunfire near the intersection of School and High Streets shortly before 2 a.m.

As three officers arrived on School Street, “they could hear and feel bullets whizzing by them,” Walsh explained. More police arrived and it was discovered that a car and a building on the 0-100 block of School Street had been hit by gunfire.

Surveillance video in the area reportedly showed that the incident reportedly started with a group of people exchanging words, then one person entered a car and a suspect started shooting at the vehicle as it was speeding away. A second suspect was reportedly seen shooting a gun in the officers’ direction as they arrived on-scene.

Walsh noted that while several suspects were detained, the two shooting suspects fled on foot.

The incident remains under investigation by the Springfield Police detective bureau and firearms investgation unit.