Springfield Police Officers Recover Firearm after Suspect Allegedly Points Gun at School Bus Drivers

Springfield, Mass. — On Friday September 16th at approximately 6:30 a.m. Springfield Police Officers seized a loaded firearm and arrested 27-year-old Luis Rivera near the intersection of Cottage Street and Berkshire Avenue.

Around 6:15 a.m. officers responded to Berkshire Avenue for a report of a suspect, later identified as Rivera, pointing a firearm at school bus drivers (no students were on the buses at this time).  Officers located Rivera who refused to comply with officers commands and attempted to walk away.  Officers could observe a firearm-shaped object that Rivera was attempting to conceal.  After further attempts to de-escalate the situation were unsuccessful and Rivera continuously refusing to show his hands an officer discharged their taser and Rivera dropped a firearm.  Assisting officers arrived and were able to take Rivera into custody.  The firearm and additional ammunition was recovered.

27-year-old Luis Rivera of Springfield is charged with:

  • Carrying a Firearm without a License
  • Possession of Ammunition without a FID Card
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Two Counts)
  • Default Warrant