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Two Springfield Men Arrested for August Murder, Shooting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police have made two arrests in an August double shooting, where one victim died.

After a lengthy investigation, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that 21-year-old Ashton Hennessey and 23-year-old Joseph Watkins, both of Springfield were arrested over the last two days, for their alleged involvement in the shooting of one man and the

Just before 11:00 p.m. On Friday, August 17, police responded to a shooting, which Delaney says was a result of a robbery, at 90-92 Commonwealth Avenue.

Officers found two victims when they arrived. Both were taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment.

The next day, 29-year-old Nicholas Ruiz-Gomez died from his injuries.

Watkins was arrested Tuesday morning after a car chase in Springfield, where he allegedly assaulted seven police officers with his car and driving a stolen car. After he was arrested Tuesday, police added charges of murder, home invasion, and assault with intent to murder to the list of charges he faces.

Hennessey was arrested Wednesday morning by members of the department’s warrant apprehension unit while he was hiding under a rear stairwell at 86 Miller Street.

Like Watkins, Hennessey is also facing charges of murder, home invasion, and assault with intent to murder.

Delaney adds, “The responding officers and detectives working this case did a tremendous job bringing both these suspects into custody. Both Watkins and Hennessey are considered very dangerous criminals and Springfield is safer today with both these individuals off the street.”

Both men were arraigned Wednesday in Springfield District Court.

They are both being held without bail.

Their pretrial is set for Oct. 31st.

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