Pittsfield Police Make Arrest In Drive-By Shooting
On Monday at 8:35 PM, Pittsfield Police Officer Brennon Stockton observed a black sedan driving west on Linden St with a male on top of the hood, shooting a firearm in the direction of a Linden St address. Officer Stockton observed the individual on the hood shoot his weapon five times.
Officer Stockton immediately initiated a motor vehicle stop and the male on the hood fled on foot through the backyards in the area. Multiple units converged in the area and began an area search.
Officer Bryan Betters observed the suspect run into a Robbins Ave address. A short time later, the suspect exited the property with a gunshot wound to one of his hands. Subsequent investigation identified him as the same person that was shooting from the hood of the black sedan.
He was identified as 37-year-old Jesus Lugo of Pittsfield. Mr. Lugo was transported to BMC for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He is in the custody of the Pittsfield Police Department on firearms-related charges.
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 Mr. 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.
While this incident was still being investigated, officers were alerted to another shots-fired incident which occurred on Daniels Avenue at 12:53 a.m. on Tuesday. There were no injuries related to that incident which is also under investigation.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the Police Department Detective Bureau (413-448-9705), call the Tipline (413-448-9706), or send us a tip via text message by texting “PITTIP” and your message to 847411 (TIP411).