SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Sarno and Springfield Police Commissioner Clapprood are urging the court to hold an alleged shooter in custody due to his status as a repeat offender.
Springfield Police Representative Ryan Walsh released a statement Saturday night that a gun was fired in the direction of a Springfield police officer on Lowell Street Saturday. According to Walsh, when the officer arrived a car was seen leaving the area. A passenger in that car, 19-year-old Keniel Santiago, pointed a gun out the window and fired a shot in the direction of an officer.
An officer drew his service pistol and fired, hitting the car. The vehicle crashed on Riverside Road, where Santiago ran away on foot. He was later caught inside an apartment.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said they are watching the case closely because they want the court system to be tougher on repeat offenders.
According to a statement released by Springfield Police, the alleged shooter, Santiago, has open firearm and drug charges in Holyoke District Court. He was also arrested on firearm and drug charges in Vermont on November 17th.
Santiago was arraigned in Springfield District Court Monday. Santiago faces various assault and firearms charges for Saturday’s incident.