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Roosevelt Ave. incident carries over into Springfield College

By Gabby Guerard

An e-mail from Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper at 10:04 p.m. to the students:

To Our Campus Community,

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.

President Cooper

At 9:39 p.m. the Springfield City police department made a statement to The Springfield Student regarding Thursday night’s incident on Roosevelt Ave:

At approx 8:10pm, SPD officers conducted a traffic stop of a known suspect on the General Edwards Bridge. That suspect drove his car towards officers. Two officers fearing for their safety discharged their department issued firearms. The suspect continued driving before crashing on Alden St. The driver was taken to Baystate with a non life threatening leg wound.  The female passenger was taken into custody. The officers who discharged their firearms are in the SPD’s normal protocol for an officer involved shooting.  The SPD Detective Bureau is investigating the use of force in conjunction with the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.
The incident did not occur on the Springfield College campus.  Mayor Domenic Sarno & Commissioner Clapprood are with Springfield College President Cooper since the crash ultimately ended near her home. The individuals involved are in custody and there is no threat to the students or the public.
Further details on the arrest will be released on Friday

*This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available*

Featured photo courtesy of Cam Smith

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