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Springfield Police: Officers Prevented Woman from Being Shot

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two Springfield Police officers are being credited with helping prevent a woman from being shot.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Officers Christopher Collins and David Robillard were dispatched to 49 Ft. Pleasant Avenue after a woman called and reported that she was involved in a “heating and violent dispute with her boyfriend.”

The caller told police that her boyfriend was upset because she ended the relationship, and he began allegedly “punching the dashboard, pulling the emergency brake, and was in an uncontrollable rage” while they were parked in front of the house, Delaney adds.

When Collins and Robillard arrived, they met the woman and indicated that the boyfriend, identified as 20-year-old Daneshell Cruz of Springfield, had left the area.

The officers walked the woman back up to her third floor apartment to ensure she was safe.

Delaney explains that when they got to the third floor, the door was found to have been damaged, but was closed. He adds Collins and Robillard moved the woman behind them and down one floor, as Cruz was allegedly yelling “Just open the door, I’m gonna drop the [expletive].”

The woman was moved further back, and the door was opened, at which time, Cruz was reportedly seen with a gun in his hand.

Collins and Robillard went to try and grab the gun from Cruz, and at the same time, Collins was pulling out his service weapon to protect himself, Robillard, and the woman.

“During the brief but violent struggle, Cruz dropped his weapon and then grabbed at Officer Collins gun. During the struggle for this weapon, the gun was discharged into the stairway wall,” Delaney says.

Cruz was subdued and placed under arrest, and the weapons were secured.

Cruz is facing several charges, including malicious damage to a motor vehicle, breaking and entering in the nighttime, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a firearm, and attempted larceny of a firearm.

Delaney says that “Because of their professionalism and attention to duty both Officer Collins and Robillard possible saved the life of the 21 year old female victim.”

“These officers did a fantastic job, making this arrest where nobody was hurt. Captain Cheryl Clapprood supervised the scene and the investigation after the initial arrest. She praised both officers for their heroism,” Delaney adds.

Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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