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Springfield police officers run over by armed robbery suspects

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Two men are under arrest following a car chase early Tuesday that ended after two officers were hit by the suspects’ car and police opened fire, a Springfield police sergeant said. One suspect was still at large, police said Tuesday.

Arrested were Derek Fernandes, 22, of 14 Reservoir Drive, Pawtucket, R.I., and Melquon Alford, 18, of Windsor Street, Springfield.

Fernandes was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — the motor vehicle; assault with a dangerous weapon; armed robbery while masked; failure to stop for police; reckless operation; carrying a firearm; possession of firearm for a felony and motor vehicle charges.

Alford was charged with armed robbery, carrying a firearm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Both were scheduled to be arraigned in Springfield District Court on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Springfield Police Department.

Fernandes and Alford may also be connected to an incident earlier in the evening during which people in a car with similar license plates argued with people living at a Kimberly Drive, Enfield, home, then shot at the house, police said. Windows were broken but no one was injured. When officers arrived, the people responsible had left, Deputy Chief Gary Collins said.

The investigation in Enfield is ongoing, and more charges are possible, Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said in a press release Tuesday.

Though the people living at the Kimberly Drive home “weren’t very forthcoming with information,” Collins said police do not believe it was a random act.

Enfield police asked area departments to watch out for the suspects and their vehicle — a Nissan Maxima with Rhode Island license plates. Delaney said Springfield police received the Enfield notification around 11:30 p.m.

At 2:45 a.m., Springfield police responded to a Springfield Street 7-Eleven convenience store after a report of an armed robbery. The suspects were masked and armed with handguns, according to police. The clerk, who was not injured, could not give a description of the robbers or the getaway car.

At about 4:20 a.m., Delaney said, officers patrolling downtown spotted Rhode Island plates on a car near Boland Way and Main Street, though the plates were attached to a green Subaru Forrester.

An officer called for backup and stopped the car. Other officers came to the traffic stop, according to a press release from the Springfield Police Department.

“During the investigation, the driver of the vehicle put the car in gear and struck two approaching officers knocking them to the ground. Fearing for their safety officers discharged their weapons at the motor vehicle stop,” according to the release.

The vehicle did not stop, according to the release, and continued over the Memorial Bridge into West Springfield. Officers pursued the vehicle into West Springfield, down Route 5 and back into Springfield. It ultimately crashed into a building at Central Street and Maple Street.

A passenger fled the scene, Delaney said, and is considered armed and dangerous.

The two officers who were injured were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released.

The male driver was grazed with a bullet across the abdomen, Delaney said. He received first aid and was brought to Baystate Medical Center, then discharged.

Another suspect in the car was arrested at the scene. Officers recovered a handgun inside the vehicle.

Police recovered stolen items from the Springfield 7-Eleven from the vehicle, according to the release.

An earlier Associated Press story published here mischaracterized the Enfield incident.

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