SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Southbridge Police arrested a man suspected of a shots fired incident on Pleasant Street Saturday morning.

According to Southbridge Police, officers were called to Pleasant Street around 2:08 a.m. on Saturday for reported gunshots. When officers arrived to the area, they found a shell casing on the ground.

Police checked surveillance video in the area as well as interviewed multiple witnesses and learned that the suspect had left in a vehicle immediately after shots were fired. The vehicle was found a short time later in the parking lot of a convenience store with 37-year-old Juan Torres-Valez of Webster standing outside.

Officers approached Torres-Valez and located a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun that was tucked in his waistband. Torres-Valez did not have a license to carry and was arrested.

Torres-Valez has been charged with the following:

  • Possession of a loaded firearm without a license
  • Possession of a firearm without a license
  • Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building
  • Possession of ammunition without an FID card
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Disturbing the peace

Torres-Valez also had two active warrants for his arrest. He was arraigned at Dudley District Court.

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