by Nancy Shack, WBZ NewsRadio1030
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Springfield police officer shot early Sunday morning in Springfield is expected to make a full recovery.
Officials say officer, Edwin Irizarry, a 20 year veteran of the department, was grazed in the left arm and shot in the left elbow during a gun battle outside the Aquarius Nightclub around 1:45 a.m at the corner of State and Benton Street.
The officer and his partner were working a detail at the club when they noticed an incident at a Dunkin' Donuts across the street where they found a man bleeding from the head after an assault with a broken bottle. Witnesses report suspect Kenneth Hernandez of Dickinson Street, Springfield, then pulled out a gun from behind his back after the officer asked him to show his hands.
The patrol officers took cover and returned fire at Hernandez who was apprehended on Colonial Avenue. The gun believed to be used in the shooting was recovered from a Dunkin Donuts trash barrel behind the store.
Hernandez, who has a prior criminal history according to the police commissioner, is now charged with two counts of assault within intent to murder with a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of malicious damage. Department spokesmen say he could face other charges in the future.
A second person injured in the shooting is cooperating with authorities. The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital, treated and released.
The investigation is still ongoing, and police say they are expecting more arrests.