Crowds of onlookers lined the yellow crime scene tape around Springfield's Kenefick Park in the minutes after police were forced to shoot a man in the leg after he allegedly pulled a knife on them.
Police say it all stemmed from a domestic dispute. A woman was able to flag down a police officer near her Sanderson Street home, saying her estranged boyfriend was smashing her car windows.
When police arrived he tried to run through the park but then pulled out a knife and an officer shot him.
The entire ordeal happened as hundreds of students were leaving nearby Chestnut Middle School.
"It's scary, but the police presence arrived very fast," said Luz Zuniga who lives directly across from the park.
Zuniga had just walked her 12-year-old son home from school. They just moved here last weekend from New Jersey.
"Very nervous, very scary, I already walk him to school and pick him up," she said.
Police collected evidence in the park for hours after the shooting happened.
The domestic dispute comes just a week after Attorney General Martha Coakley visited Western Mass and said she would begin cracking down on perpetrators of domestic abuse and re-examining domestic violence laws.
"I've already spoken to folks out here on what we need to do. I'm planning on coming back out here and having some round-tables and talking to people about what they're seeing, what are the statistics," she said at an event last week.
The Springfield man will at least face a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He was taken to Baystate and expected to recover.
Police have not released the identities of the man or the police officer that shot him.
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