Springfield man pointed gun at police officers, prompting school lockdown

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A Springfield man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly pointed a gun at police officers. 

According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, officers were called Main Street around 12:35 p.m. for a report of a man with a gun who was involved in an argument.

Walsh said 20-year-old Carmelo Rivera is facing the following charges: 

  • Two counts of assault to murder
  • Carrying a firearm on school grounds
  • Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
  • Improper storage of a firearm
  • Possession of ammo without an ID
  • Possession of a firearm in a felony
  • Resisting arrest

Rivera initially ran from police, but then allegedly pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at the officers. 

Walsh said after the gun became caught in his shirt, Rivera ran towards the South End Middle School, prompting a lockdown of the building. 

Walsh said Rivera climbed over a fence on the 800 block of Main Street where he pointed his gun at two more officers and continued to run, eventually tossing his gun. 

Officers were able to arrest Rivera after he tripped and fell. 

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