Shots fired in Springfield, suspect quickly arrested

Jason Cato charged with carrying a firearm without a license

Jason Cato
Jason Cato, 30, of Springfield is charged with carrying a firearm without a license. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police were able to make a quick arrest after a shooting incident in East Springfield late Thursday night.

According to Police Sergeant John Delaney, 30 year-old Jason Cato of Springfield was arrested on a charge of carrying a firearm without a license.

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Delaney says that around 11:10 P.M., two officers were doing a security check on the Mary O. Pottenger School, when they heard the sound of three gunshots coming from the nearby Lucy Mallory Village apartments on Putnam Circle. The officers drove over there, and saw a red Chevy van pulling away from the area. They followed the car and asked for backup, pulling the driver (later identified as Cato) over on St. James Avenue.

The officers seized a 25 caliber Beretta semi-automatic handgun, and arrested Cato.

“The officers could not determine what Mr. Cato was firing at,” Delaney wrote on the department’s official Facebook page. “There was not anyone hurt nor any property damage. It is possible he was just shooting the gun into the air.”

Jason Cato gun
Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

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