Springfield police officer shot twice, suspect arrested

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) - A man accused of shooting a Springfield police officer twice in the arm early Sunday morning has been arrested, officials said.

The officer, whose name was not released, suffered a bullet wound to the left elbow and a graze to the forearm while responding to a reported assault at the Dunkin’ Donuts on State Street, police said.

Officers arriving at the scene said they saw a man bleeding from the head after being struck with a glass bottle and a woman shouting.

That is when an unnamed suspect pulled out a .22-caliber gun and fired several shots at them.

The suspect was taken into custody and will be arraigned Monday on charges including assault with a firearm with intent to murder.

Police say they were able to recover a discarded firearm in a trash can.

“It was quite the gunfight that the officers found themselves in the middle of,” Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Sheryl Clapprood said. “Thank God my officer that is injured will recover and the other officer was not struck.”

Police are still looking for a vehicle in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Springfield police.

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