Pittsfield Police Make An Arrest In Monday Night Shooting
Police in Pittsfield responded to two shootings in the city overnight Monday and arrested one suspect who seen shooting from the hood of a car. IBerkshires.com reports that 37-year-old Jesus Lugo, of Pittsfield, was taken into custody after police said he led them on foot chase.
At approximately 8:35 p.m., An Officer with the Pittsfield PD observed a black sedan driving west on Linden Street with a man on top of the hood, and shooting a firearm in the direction of a Linden Street address.
The Officer observed the individual on the hood shoot his weapon five times and immediately initiated a motor vehicle stop. The suspect on the hood fled on foot through the back yards in the area. Multiple units converged in the area to search for him.
While investigating this incident, police were alerted to another shots-fired incident that occurred on Daniels Avenue. There were no injuries related to that incident which is also under investigation.
The female operator of the vehicle is not cooperating with the investigation at this time. This is not believed to be a random act as the female operator and Mr. Lugo are acquaintances. The vehicle involved was subsequently towed to the Pittsfield Police Dept for processing.
Ballistic evidence was found in the area where Lugo was observed shooting. The firearm believed to have been used during the commission of this crime has also been recovered. This is an active investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705, the tip line (413-448-9706), or by texting PITTIP and your message to 847411 (TIP411).
In the wake of a rash of shootings in the city, Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer on Tuesday said police presence has been increased in areas that have been affected by gunfire, and support has been requested from the state police Community Action Team, which patrols high-crime areas. Tyer is also calling on the local community to cooperate with police investigating the incidents.