Springfield officer disarms suspect, recovers stolen firearm

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SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield police officer successfully disarmed a suspect and recovered a stolen loaded firearm following a ShotSpotter activation early Sunday morning.

At about 2:20 a.m., officers responded to Pine Street after the city’s gunshot detection system alerted them to gunfire.

Shortly thereafter, they received a description of the suspect involved in the shooting.

Roughly ten minutes later, police located 23-year-old Jerry Lopez Jr., who matched the suspect’s description, near the intersection of Cedar and Pine Streets.

Lopez initially complied with police commands but suddenly fled on foot.

After a short chase, officers caught up with him at the intersection where a struggle ensued as Lopez produced a gun from his jacket pocket and clung to it.

An officer managed to pry the weapon away and secure it.

Lopez, a Springfield resident, was arrested and is facing multiple charges including carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without an FID card, receiving stolen property over $1,200, and resisting arrest.

The firearm was loaded and had been reported stolen from New Haven, Connecticut.

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