Springfield suspect faces new charge after Sci-Tech school incident

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SPRINGFIELD — A new charge has been filed against Josiah Livingston, 22, in connection with the March 11 shooting at the High School of Science and Technology, according to Springfield Police Department officials.

Captain Trent Duda announced that after further review of video evidence, detectives have charged Livingston with armed breaking and entering daytime for a felony, putting a person in fear.

Livingston was previously arrested inside the school following the incident and charged with assault and battery.

He is currently held at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow on $25,000 bail and is expected to return to court on April 12.

In a related development, members of the Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit, led by Captain Brian Keenan, along with Chicopee Police and Massachusetts State Police VFAS, arrested Dana Dudley, 45, of Chicopee on March 19 at around 1:15 p.m. on a warrant connected to the same incident.

Detectives had obtained an arrest warrant for Dudley on March 18, following the disturbance at the school a week prior.

According to reports, the incident on March 11 began when a school resource officer responded to a large disturbance, during which one suspect brandished a firearm, struck a victim, and discharged a shot through a hallway window.

No one was shot or seriously injured.

The investigation revealed that Dudley, along with Chantz Dudley, Livingston, and a juvenile female student, attempted to enter the school after a teacher instructed them to leave.

One suspect allegedly forced the door open, allowing the group entry.

Dudley was reportedly armed with a knife, which was confiscated by school staff before he fled the scene.

Dudley was arraigned in Springfield District Court, where his bail was set at $75,000.

Additionally, his bail was revoked for 90 days in an unrelated case.

Chantz Dudley, 20, also of Chicopee, remains at large and is facing multiple charges, including discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building and carrying a firearm on school grounds.

The public is urged to contact police with any information regarding his whereabouts but to avoid approaching him as he is considered armed and dangerous.

The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate the incident and encourages anyone with information to come forward.

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