Mass. officer tells tale of gunfire | Law Enforcement & Security Consulting

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A city police officer told a prosecutor he was in shock when he realized he and two family members were under gunfire on a nearly deserted city street last year.

Patrolman Alexandros Lalos took the witness stand on Wednesday, the second day of an ongoing trial in Hampden Superior Court. Two city men are on trial in connection with an alleged attempted shooting during a car chase on March 17, 2008.

Frank N. D’Agostino and Louis Saccamando, both 26, are accused of assault with intent to murder and weapons charges stemming from the incident. Lalos testified D’Agostino fired several shots at him out the window of an SUV, while the defense has argued Lalos provoked them and had a score to settle.

Lalos testified he was off-duty after working a night shift, traveling with his wife and nephew in the car. Lalos said he intended to take his nephew, Francesco Rovelli, to the hospital after Rovelli reported he had been deliberately struck by a car earlier that day.

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