Three Springfield men are in custody after a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting early Sunday morning on Interstate 91 in front of a state trooper that led to a police pursuit, manhunt and left one victim in dire condition, state police said.
Isaiah Fraticelli, 18, Luis Cotto, 22, and Keith Cotto, 24, are expected to be arraigned Monday in Springfield District Court on four charges including armed assault with intent for murder, for the shooting witnessed by a state trooper on patrol.
Trooper Patrick Dolan was driving on I-91 north past Exit 6 at 1:03 a.m. when he saw a Honda Accord pull even with a white 2004 Ford F-150 in the right lane, according to a state police release. Dolan witnessed a firearm emerge from the Accord’s passenger side and heard several gunshots, prompting Dolan to turn on his emergency lights and chase to the speeding Accord.
The man driving the Ford was found by Springfield police at the intersection of Dwight Street and Franklin B. Murray Street near Springfield’s Union Station and transported to Baystate Medical Center with life threatening injuries, state police said.
The fleeing Accord drove onto Route 391 northbound and drove onto Exit 3 in Chicopee, where the it crashed into a guardrail on Chicopee Street. Three suspects ran into the woods and Dolan gave chase, eventually ordering Fraticelli and Luis Cotto to the ground.
A state police helicopter, two K9 units and officers from the Chicopee and Springfield police departments began a search, finding a loaded Glock 19 handgun inside the Accord and a loaded Taurus 9 handgun in the woods. State police said the Glock was found to be stolen from Enfield, Conn.
Keith Cotto, believed to have fled into the Chicopee River, was found at Mercy Medical Center treated for injuries state police said he may have suffered during his escape.
The three men face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. State police said the charges may be upgraded if the driver of the Ford dies.