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ShotSpotter Activation Leads to Arrest for Defaced Firearm

For Immediate Release: 3/10/2019 5:14 pm

On Sunday March 10th, 2019, at about 3 AM, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to 98 Southgate Street for a report of a ShotSpotter activation. Officers received information that a white Toyota 4 Runner was fleeing the area of 98 Southgate at a high rate of speed shortly after the shots were heard. An officer observed a vehicle matching the description parked at the corner of Grand and Cheney St, with a large group of people in and around the vehicle.

After information obtained during their investigation, officers decided to return to the area of St. Peter’s Parish. Officers observed a male, later identified as Jesus Rivera-Diaz, thirty-four-years-old of 18 Newbury St #2, come out to the street from behind the church. When he saw the officers, he looked extremely alarmed, put his hand to his waistband as if trying to conceal a firearm, and ran away. Officers pursued him on foot.

During the chase, Mr. Rivera-Diaz turned and faced the officers while still holding his waistband. He appeared to be taking something from his waistband when the first officer made contact with him. The officer told him to place his hands behind his back, and the officer heard a distinct noise as a heavy metallic object fell from Mr. Rivera-Diaz’s waistband and struck the ground. Officers saw that the object was a firearm and Mr. Rivera-Diaz continued to reach for it. An officer kicked the firearm out of the way and was able to place Mr. Rivera-Diaz under arrest. The firearm had a defaced serial number and Mr. Jose Rivera-Diaz does not have a License to Carry firearms in Massachusetts.

Jose Rivera-Diaz was placed under arrest for Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card, Possession of a Defaced Serial Number Firearm in a Felony, and Resisting Arrest. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court.

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