Suspect to Police: “You need to prove that gun was mine”

Police allegedly caught the suspect taking the gun from his belt

Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police arrested a man from Springfield over the weekend for allegedly walking around with a gun in his hand.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, the department received a report at 6:30 p.m. Sunday that a man wearing a blue cap was walking around with a gun on Washburn Street.

When the officers arrived, they went up to 24-year-old Maurice Bailey Jr., who allegedly matched the description of the suspect. Sgt. Delaney said Bailey noticed the officers approaching and allegedly took “the gun from his belt and laid it down near a minivan parked on the street.”

While the officers were making the arrest, Bailey allegedly said, “You need to be able to prove that gun was mine in a court of law!” Sgt. Delaney said Bailey allegedly made this statement before the officers told him why he was being arrested.

Bailey was charged with the following:

  • Carrying a Firearm Without a License
  • Possesion of a High Capacity magazine or Feeding device.

Bailey was arraigned on Monday in Springfield District Court. Sgt. Delaney added that Bailey had previously been conviction of Carrying a Firearm.