Off-duty Springfield officer witnesses shooting, arrests suspect

The suspect is 35-year-old David Ocasio-Pagan

Pictured: Shooting suspect David Ocasio-Pagan (Courtesy: Springfield Police Department)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – An off-duty Springfield Police officer is being hailed a hero, for jumping out of his personal car after witnessing a shooting and arresting the suspect.

According to Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney, at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Officer Runuel Bibby was on his way in to work, when he saw a man walk up to a car, pull out a gun, and fire shots into the passenger of that car. The shooting happened on Wilbraham Road and Reed Street.

The car the victim was in sped off; the victim was brought to the hospital. Officer Bibby jumped out of his car, got the gun away from the suspect, and arrested him.

The suspect is 35-year-old David Ocasio-Pagan.

The victim is a 29-year-old man from Springfield. It’s not clear how badly he was wounded.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family. Outstanding job by Officer Bibby. This Officer displayed great courage and dedication while protecting and serving our citizens,” said Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.

Ocasio-Pagan will be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court. He is facing multiple charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.