It happened at 8:16 this morning. A man, approximately forty-years old, jumped into the Connecticut River just underneath the Memorial Bridge in West Springfield, after being chased by West Springfield Police.
According to Sgt. Robert Duffy of the West Springfield Police Department, the man was allegedly shoplifting from the Big Y on Memorial Avenue when store personnel chased him out of the store and called police.
West Springfield Police responded and the West Springfield Fire Department assisted in rescuing the man from the water by boat, after he had been in the water for nearly twenty minutes.
The man was arrested. His identity has not been confirmed yet. There was no need for hospitalization.