Springfield residents concerned after on duty police officer shot

Hampden County

After a Springfield police officer was shot in the arm, he is now out of the hospital.

Springfield Police Officer Edwin Irizarry was shot early Sunday morning while on the job on State Street near the Aquarius Club on State Street.

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Irizarry was shot twice in the arm. He was taken to Baystate medical center and released Sunday evening. One Springfield resident who was woken up by the gunshots was frightened to learn it was an officer who was shot.

“I’m very concerned because I have a little brother, a little four year old brother, he likes to be out here and play and I have nieces and nephews,” Brittany Torres said. “I just feel like I shouldn’t have to that worry of them, you know getting shot or anything like that.”

According to Springfield Police, 25-year-old Kenneth Hernandez of Springfield was arrested in connection with the shooting. Mayor Domenic Sarno said police are “familiar” with Hernandez and his criminal record which includes prior arrests involving weapons charges.

Mayor Sarno has called on state lawmakers before, demanding reform to “the court’s revolving door bail system,” which he said “allows these individuals to walk our streets.”

Springfield resident Rod Walker told 22News, crimes in the area are far too familiar. “They go in and come back out, okay we hear it all the time. I hear shooting all the time. I’ll be sitting there in my backyard, especially in the summer time.”

Walker added, “They shouldn’t let that person out, especially with everything that’s going on out here, it’s bad.”

Club Aquarius posted on Facebook Sunday, saying, there were “Zero issues inside the club,” but that “if it wasn’t for [Springfield Police] having our back, it could’ve been one of us.”

Club Aqaurius shared similar frustrations on Facebook, questioning how the bail system works.

Officer Edwin Irizarry has been released from the hospital. 

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