Springfield man facing firearms charges following foot chase with police


A Springfield man is facing firearms charges following a foot chase Monday night. 

According to Springfield Police Department Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, 18-year-old Benjamin Hunter-Blake was arrested after police were called to Hayden Avenue at 9:20 p.m. for a ShotSpotter activation.

Walsh said Hunter-Blake is facing the following charges: 

  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID card
  • Improper storage of a firearm
  • Breach of peace while armed
  • Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, with a defaced serial number

Within a minute or two of arriving on Hayden Avenue, Walsh said police became involved in a foot chase with Hunter-Blake and another suspect.

Police allegedly found a magazine on Hunter-Blake and a firearm he threw under a fence.

Officers were also involved in a separate foot chase that led to the arrest of a juvenile on Mcknight Street. 

Walsh said another firearm was recovered from the juvenile who was wearing an active ELMO bracelet.

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