SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A Springfield man is facing over a dozen charges after allegedly shooting off a gun in a Springfield neighborhood, then fighting with and pulling a gun on officers.
Around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a calls for gunshots being fired at the corner of Wilbraham Road and Colonial Avenue.
A short time later, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that two officers saw a silver Mercedes, with a flat tire and what appeared to be a bullet hole in the car, heading north on Breckwood Boulevard.
Officers then watched as the car allegedly turned off Breckwood Boulevard into a driveway at 327 Rosewell Street, in an effort to hide from police, Delaney says.
The man who was seen driving the car, later identified by police as 27-year-old Darryl Daniels, allegedly began running through the backyard.
One officer, Officer Jonathan Blanchard, chased after Daniels, while the other, Officer Adan Cruz, headed around to cut off his direction of travel.
Cruz caught up with Daniels as he was hopping over a fence, and Daniels began to fight with him.
Delaney says that “during the brief but violent struggle, Mr. Daniels had his hand on the officers gun in an attempt to pull it from the holster.”
Blanchard arrived soon after, and Daniels now began to fight both officers.
During the ongoing fight, at one point, Daniels allegedly was able to pull out a .9mm semi-automatic handgun from his waist and pointed it directly at Blanchard.
Cruz quickly pulled out his service weapon on Daniels, who then dropped the gun and tried to take off again.
Blanchard and Cruz chased after him again and took him into custody.
Both officers received injuries during the struggle. Blanchard is suffering from a dislocated shoulder, and Cruz received an injury to one of his wrists.
As they were processing and booking Daniels, officers recovered a large amount of packaged crack cocaine off Daniels’ person.
A search of the car, according to Delaney, resulted in finding another weapon that was fully loaded.
Daniels, who Delaney says is a self-proclaimed gang member, is facing a long list of charges including:
- Motor vehicle equipment violation
- Failure to stop for Police
- Revoked Drivers License
- Resisting Arrest
- Malicious Damage to Property
- Assault and battery with Dangerous Weapon
- Assault with Intent to Murder (Firearm)
- Possession of a Class “B” Substance With Intent to Distribute
- Larceny of a Firearm (the gun was stolen in housebreak)
- Carrying a Firearm without a License
- Assault and battery on a police officer
- Possession of Ammunition
- Discharging a Firearm
- Malicious damage to motor vehicle
- Carrying a Dangerous Weapon
- Possession of a Firearm while Committing a Felony
Delaney notes that Daniels has been arrested in the past for murder, carrying firearms, trafficking cocaine, and selling drugs in a school zone.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Springfield District Court.