Massachusetts State Police Release – 05122014 – State Police make Arrest after Foot Pursuit and Seize Illegally Possessed Firearm in Springfield
This afternoon at approximately 1:35 p.m., troopers from the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) in Springfield had information that a male subject driving a gray Honda Accord on Union Street in Springfield was in unlawful possession of a firearm.
Trooper Carlos Rivera of the VFAS Unit quickly found the suspected vehicle and called for another Trooper before making any inquiry of the driver. The driver of the Honda, later identified as JUSTIN JOHNS, 23, of Springfield, was observed to pull over and stop in front of an apartment on School Street. Trooper Robert Church of the Springfield Barracks then arrived to assist Trooper Rivera. JOHNS exited the Honda as the Troopers approached. After observing the Troopers, and being asked to speak with them, JOHNS fled on foot.
Within approximately 20 yards of running, JOHNS discarded a revolver, later found to be a Sentinel 22 caliber. Trooper Church along with two ATF agents, that stopped to assist, continued chase until apprehending JOHNS in the parking lot of the Milton Bradley School, located at corner of Maple and Union Streets. JOHNS is not licensed to carry a firearm.
JOHNS was placed under arrest and brought to the Springfield Barracks for booking. JOHNS was held on $10,000 bail and will be brought tomorrow to Springfield District Court to be arraigned on the following offenses:
- Carry firearm without a license
- Possession of ammunition without FID card
- Carry firearm with ammunition, Unlawful
- Deface firearm serial number
- Disturbing the peace
- Operate a motor vehicle with license revoked
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