Not guilty plea for man accused of shooting Springfield cop

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man accused of shooting a Springfield police officer was arraigned Tuesday. 

Twenty-five-year-old Kenneth Hernandez pleaded not guilty in Springfield District Court Tuesday to several charges connected to the alleged shooting, which took place Sunday. 

Hernandez is being held without bail until his next court date on April 23. 

According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, Hernandez shot Officer Edwin Irizarry two times in the arm while he was working with his partner near the Aquarius Nightclub on State Street. 

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Hernandez is charged with two counts of firearm-armed assault to murder, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, three counts of malicious damage to a motor vehicle, assault with a dangerous weapon.

Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said Hernandez initially ran from police but was caught and arrested a short time later. 

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joined Clapprood for a news conference Sunday morning where he said Hernandez is known to police and has a criminal record. 


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