SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield police officer has been released from the hospital after he was shot early Sunday morning.
According to Springfield Police Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, Officer Edwin Irizarry was shot two times in the arm early at approximately 2 a.m. on State Street.
Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood said one of the shots just grazed Irizarry’s arm, while another shot went through his other arm near his elbow.
Walsh said Irizarry was taken to Baystate Medical Center and he was released Sunday evening. Irizarry has been an officer with the Springfield Police Department since 2007.
Irizarry and his partner were working near the Aquarius Nightclub on State Street when the shooting took place.
Walsh said 25-year-old Kenneth Hernandez of Springfield was arrested in connection with the shooting, the firearm used in the shooting was recovered. Clapprood said she expects more arrests to be made.
Commissioner Clapprood said Herandez engaged in a short chase with officers before he was caught and arrested.
“My officers yelled to Mr. Hernandez show your hands at which time he produces a .22 caliber firearm and fires at the officers,” Clapprood said.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno spoke at a news conference held at the Springfield Police Department Sunday morning.
“This was a very traumatic experience not only for the officers affected by, but everyone that wears the badge and their family members who want their officer he or she to come home,” Sarno said.
Sarno said Hernandez is known to police and has a criminal record.
Hernandez is facing the following charges:
- two counts of firearm-armed assault to murder
- carrying a firearm without a license
- discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building
- three counts of malicious damage to a motor vehicle
- assault with a dangerous weapon
The manager of Aquarius Night Club released a statement late Sunday night that read:
Aquarius Night Club serves the community in many capacities outside of night time entertainment. The business has a history of hosting free family appreciation events, children’s toy giveaways, and neighborhood council meetings. The owners voluntarily invest in a privately paid police detail every weekend to ensure the safety of patrons and the surrounding community. Although no incidents took place on Aquarius’s premises, when management noticed an altercation on a neighboring property they immediately alerted the private detail officers assigned to the club.
Aquarius has a long standing positive relationship with the SPD and consider Officer Edwin Irizarry family. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brave officer as we wish him a speedy recovery. The establishment will extend any necessary help with the ongoing investigation.
Springfield police are investigating what led up to the shooting.