Alleged Holyoke bridge shooter due in court

Courtesy of the Holyoke Police Department.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)-  A man arrested for allegedly shooting at people walking on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge in Holyoke Saturday night, is due in court Monday morning.

Edgar Zayas, 19, of Holyoke is charged with four counts of armed assault to murder, four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a FID card, and possession or carrying of a loaded firearm.

It was just before 9:00 Saturday night when police were called for a report of a man with a gun and shots fired on the Veterans Memorial Bridge, according to Lt. Jim Albert of the Holyoke Police Department.

The bridge connects the “Flats” section of Holyoke with South Hadley.

Arriving officers spoke with a witness, who indicated that a friend had a handgun and was going to kill himself, Albert said.

Shortly after, police encountered Zayas on the bridge with a .44-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver walking towards them.  He refused to drop the weapon.   After a standoff, he was tackled from behind by an officer, and lost control of the gun, Lt. Albert said.

No one was hurt.

Zayas later told police that he had ingested PCP and he became very depressed, Lt. Albert said.

A 12-year-old boy was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest and diorderly conduct.  That boy will be arraigned at the Holyoke Juvenile Court.

The Holyoke Police Criminal Investigations Bureau is conducting an investigation and following up with witnesses and victims.

Police are also trying to determine the origin and status of the handgun, Lt. Albert said.

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