Suspect charged with attempted murder after Springfield shooting

Diego Jimenez facing multiple charges after downtown shooting

Springfield police booking photo of Diego Jimenez is seen at left. Police dog Blek (right) is credited with helping officers find a gun. Image courtesy: Springfield Police Dept.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  (WWLP) – Springfield police say that a man who was shot in the arm overnight in the Entertainment District is not cooperating with their investigation, but they were able to catch the suspect anyway.

Springfield police booking photo of Diego Jimenez is seen at left. Police dog Blek (right) is credited with helping officers find a gun. Image courtesy: Springfield Police Dept.
Springfield police booking photo of Diego Jimenez is seen at left. Police dog Blek (right) is credited with helping officers find a gun. Image courtesy: Springfield Police Dept.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, Diego Jimenez, 27, of Springfield is being charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting the 27 year-old victim during an argument at Worthington and Dwight Streets just after 1:00 A.M.

Delaney said that officers on patrol in the area saw and heard Jimenez firing the gun. One of the shots shattered a large window at the nearby Piccolo nightclub. The officers attended to the victim before EMTs arrived, and hey also called for backup and gave out the suspect’s description. The victim, who had been wounded in the forearm, would not provide any information about the shooting to police.

A short time later, two other officers found Jimenez “walking briskly” along Chestnut Street, and stopped him. Delaney says that they did not find the gun, however, and the police dog “Blek” was called-in to help them track the suspect’s scent to find the weapon. A few minutes later, Blek located the stolen Glock semi-automatic handgun, which still had four rounds in the clip.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Jimenez is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a loaded firearm without a license, destruction of personal property over $250, receiving a stolen firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Springfield District Court.

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