SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two people are in police custody following a traffic stop that led to a police involved-shooting Thursday evening.
According to Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh, two officers were conducting a traffic stop involving a known suspect on the General Edwards Bridge around 8:10 p.m., when the suspect allegedly drove his car towards the officers.
Walsh said the officers, fearing for their safety, discharged their department-issued guns. The suspect allegedly continued driving, before crashing on Alden Street, near Springfield College, behind the school president’s home.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to Baystate Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries to the leg. A woman who was also in the vehicle was taken into custody.
“The officers who discharged their firearms are in the SPD’s normal protocol for an officer-involved shooting,” Walsh stated.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood are with Mary-Beth A. Cooper, the Springfield College president. Walsh told 22News there is no threat to students or the public.
President Cooper issued the statement below Thursday night:
As many of you may know, there was an incident on Alden Street tonight at around 8:15 p.m. involving Springfield Police. Our Springfield Campus Police assisted as two suspects were apprehended after a targeted narcotics arrest that started at the X in the City of Springfield and ended near Lot 15 on Alden Street.
Our students, faculty, staff, and guests are safe and in no danger. While Alden Street will remain closed for several hours to vehicle traffic, pedestrian traffic is allowed on the street. I spoke with Mayor Domenic Sarno and Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood and they confirm there was no shooting on campus and at no time were our students in danger.
Any additional information will be shared with the community as it becomes available.Mary-Beth A. Cooper, Springfield College President
The police department’s Detective Bureau and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office are investigating the use of force in the incident.