Two Springfield police officers & 1 suspect hospitalized after car chase

Both officers are expected to be okay

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- Two men were arrested after a shooting, car fire, and police chase through Springfield early Saturday morning.

Photo Courtesy: Springfield Fire Department
Photo Courtesy: Springfield Fire Department

Springfield Police Lt. Richard LaBelle identified the two arrested as 35-year old Jose Garcia, of Chicopee and 28-year-old Henry Quinones, of Springfield.

Lt. LaBelle told 22News police were called to 129 Chapin Terrace for two men shooting at a home around 3 a.m.

When officers got there, they found a Jeep Grand Cherokee on fire in the parking lot and bullet holes in the side of the house, Lt. LaBelle said.

Springfield Firefighters were called in and put the flames out quickly and determined it was arson. Witnesses told police it was the two men that had been shooting up the home, Lt. LaBelle said.

At the same time, police saw a car fleeing the area leading them on a chase. The car sped through neighborhoods, onto Main Street and over the North End Bridge into West Springfield. Lt. LaBelle said officers saw items being thrown from the car into the Connecticut River below, and some were believed to be guns.

Photo Courtesy: Springfield Fire Department
Photo Courtesy: Springfield Fire Department

When the car crossed it went around the rotary and back over the bridge with items still being thrown out the window. The car continued into downtown Springfield and ended in a crash with a police cruiser on East Columbus Avenue.

Garcia and Quinones tried to run away from the car after the crash, but were arrested, Lt. LaBelle said.

One officer had a hyper-extended hand injury and the other had a minor head injury, Lt. LaBelle said. Both were taken to Baystate Medical Center but are expected to be okay.  One of the suspects was also taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Garcia and Quinones are being held at the Springfield Police Department headquarters and face several charges including discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, and property damage.

Springfield Police plan to send out a dive team to look for a gun that they might have thrown out the window. The motive for the shooting and car fire are still being investigated.