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Springfield Police: Man shot by police charged at them with cellphone

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Court records say a Massachusetts man shot by police was holding a cellphone and not a gun when he charged at officers.

Roberto Perez was shot by police and was struck twice in the buttocks during in Springfield last Sunday.

Masslive.com reports that few details have been released about the shooting and what led up to it.

Police say Officers Igor Basovskiy and John Wajdula were responding to reports of a domestic disturbance when they were confronted by the 22-year-old Perez.

Perez is charged with unarmed burglary, assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Springfield District Court and was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.


An attempt to reach his court-appointed lawyer was not successful.