Suspect arrested on gun charges after a foot chase in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mass. State Police chased and arrested a 23-year-old suspect Monday afternoon and seized a firearm that the man had illegally in Springfield.

According to the State Police, around 1:35 p.m. Monday, troopers from the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section were told that a man was driving in a gray Honda Accord in Springfield with an illegal firearm.

The troopers found the car and attempted to arrest the 23-year-old driver from Springfield, Justin Johns, when he ran away on foot. The Johns was later arrested in the parking lot of the Milton Bradley School near the corner of Maple and Union Streets.

State Police said that a Sentinel 22 Caliber was recovered about 20 yards away from where Johns was first stopped. Police report that Johns dropped the revolver which he does not have a license to carry.

Johns was brought to the Springfield Barracks for booking. He was held on $10,000 bail and will be brought Tuesday to Springfield District Court to be arraigned on the following offenses:

  1. Carry firearm without a license
  2. Possession of ammunition without FID card
  3. Carry firearm with ammunition, Unlawful
  4. Deface firearm serial number
  5. Disturbing the peace
  6. Operate a motor vehicle with license revoked

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