One man arrested after armed dispute in Springfield

Police said there was a confrontation between 32-year-old Raymond Kennedy and a group of men. When it escalated, Kennedy allegedly began to pull out a handgun, which resulted in it firing.

Posted: Dec. 23, 2017 7:27 PM
Updated: Dec. 23, 2017 11:47 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- One man was arrested Saturday afternoon, after a shot was fired in Springfield.

Springfield Police said it happened in the parking lot of the Doubletree Apartments off Main Street at around 3:15 p.m.

Police said there was a confrontation between 32-year-old Raymond Kennedy and a group of men. When it escalated, Kennedy allegedly began to pull out a handgun, which resulted in it firing.  

Police said Kennedy was wearing a ski mask and resisted arrest. As an officer began wrestling Kennedy to the ground, police said Kennedy was able to get back to his feet several times during the scuffle. In doing so, they said a loaded revolver fell out of Kennedy’s pocket.

Police were able to arrest him, thanks to the help of local resident. Police said Michael Githens, a licensed security officer, heard the gunfire moments earlier and when he came to see what had happened, he saw the officer struggling with Kennedy. Githens helped the officer wrestle Kennedy, which polide say helped to get him in handcuffs. 

“We were able to locate all the individuals involved. There were several people contacted that were not taken into custody. They were somehow connected with the dispute,” Andrew Hargis, a Springfield Police Officer said.

Kennedy was transported to Lane County Jail where he was charged with Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession Firearm, Resisting Arrest as well as a felony arrest warrant.

Police said the origin of the dispute is still under investigation.

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