Springfield man in custody after road rage leads to shooting, police chase in Chicopee

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A Springfield man is in police custody following a road rage incident that led to a shooting and police chase from Chicopee into Holyoke Friday afternoon.

Chicopee police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News 28-year-old Dwayne Howlette of Springfield is facing charges including assault with a dangerous weapon, disturbance while carrying a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for a police officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, failing to stop for a red light and speeding.

Howlette is also being charged with possession of a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 ft of a dwelling and possession of ammunition without FID.

Officer Wilk explained that police received a call about shots fired from one car to another near the intersection of Carew and East Main Streets around 2 p.m. Friday.

After speaking to the victim, Chicopee officers learned that the shooting incident started while both the suspect and the victim were driving down East Main Street.

Wilk said the suspect put his arm out the window of his vehicle and shot at the driver, who was in the car with his 5-year-old son.

Wilk confirmed that no one was injured in the shooting as the driver ducked and sped off when he saw the suspect pull out a gun. Wilk said the victim heard a “pop.”

As police continued to investigate, they found evidence of a gunshot at the location.

A Chicopee dispatch described the vehicle Howlette was driving as a white Honda.

The suspect’s vehicle went in to the Aldenville section of Chicopee and got onto I-391 North, before eventually getting off the highway in Holyoke.

Once officers spotted the white Honda and attempted to pull the suspect over, Wilk said the driver fled in high speed, trying to lose the officers.

Wilk said the suspect then got onto Route 391 towards Holyoke. That’s when Chicopee officers called Holyoke and State Police officers for assistance.

Holyoke police later located the car in their city, and found an African American male, fitting both the physical and clothing description on Main Street, away from where the white Honda was located.

Holyoke officers arrested Howlette, who was transferred to the Chicopee Police Department and processed.

Howlette’s bail is set at $5,000.

Wilk told 22News the incident continues to be under investigation.

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