Springfield Police recover high capacity handgun

Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Police recovered a high capacity handgun during a traffic stop on Monday.

According to Springfield Police Department spokesperson Ryan Walsh, at around 10:30 p.m. an off duty police officer called in a car speeding on State Street. On-duty officers noticed the vehicle and then proceeded to pull the vehicle over for speeding. The driver, identified as 22-year-old Jayden Johnson, eventually pulled into a parking lot on the 700 block of State Street.

Johnson reportedly got out of his car and began to run away from officers, eventually being arrested as he attempted to scale a fence. When officers searched Johnson’s car they found a high capacity handgun and open bottles of alcohol. The handgun was loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition.

Recovered handgun. Courtesy of Springfield Police Department

Johnson was charged with:

  • Carrying a loaded large capacity firearm on a Public Way
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Carrying a firearm without a license
  • Carrying a loaded firearm without a license
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm
  • Possession of a large capacity firearm in a vehicle
  • Possession of a high capacity feeding magazine/feeding device
  • Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
  • Failure to Stop for Police
  • Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle

Johnson has an open firearms case against him from a 2019 arrest where two high capacity firearms were found.

Mayor Sarno states, “I want to applaud SPD for their quick action in locating and stopping not only this speeding vehicle, with an open container of alcohol no less, but also arresting this individual and recovering yet another high capacity firearm.  Our residents and business community are now asking for our Courts to hold this individual accountable for their actions and to not be a revolving door for these types of serious criminal acts.  He has been out on previous gun charges from 2019.  This is his second gun related offense, however this time he was also speeding on our public streets with an open container of alcohol, not a good combination by any means.  He is obviously not making good life choices or decisions and needs to be held accountable for his actions before someone is hurt or worse, someone loses their life to his immature behavior.”

“Last year, our brave and dedicated men and woman in Blue recovered a city-record 275 illegal firearms,” Mayor Sarno added.  “So far this year SPD has seized over 215 illegal firearms.  Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and her dedicated team will continue to press to address these criminal activities and quality of life issues.  Commissioner Clapprood has already increased SPD’s traffic enforcement and officers have issued more than 100 traffic citations this past weekend alone.  Since September 1, 2021, SPD has issued over 600 speeding citations and arrested over 60 drivers for various offenses.  Again, we need our Courts to support and back us up with these infractions if we are to make any serious changes in people’s behaviors.”   

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