Stonina Dr in Chicopee reopened after officer-involved shooting

Crime

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A 16-year-old was arrested Wednesday morning in Chicopee after an officer-involved shooting.

Chicopee police officer Mike Wilk told 22News, officers were called to Plante Circle at 5:33 a.m. for a report of a disturbance.

Wilk said as one officer got out of his car on Stonina Drive to help, a car turned on to the road from Plante Circle and drove towards the officer.

As the officer tried to get out of the way, Wilk said the driver, who is only identified as a 16-year-old juvenile, accelerated towards the officer. The officer then fired his gun in an attempt to stop the car.

Wilk said the driver, who had not been struck by the officer’s gunfire, then swerved and crashed into a parked car. The officer was not injured in the incident.

One neighbor told 22News she was frightened by the gunfire.

“This morning, when I saw everything going on, the streets were closed,” said Jashira Valdez, a neighbor. “And I found out it was a 16-year-old. I’m thinking anything could happen. Like what if I was outside at the time.”

Wilk said officers have the authority to use deadly force if they feel someone is trying to kill or injure them. Chicopee Police undergo extensive training on how and when to use their guns.

No word on the identity of the driver and the officer in the incident was not hurt.

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