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Springfield officials upset over bail for man shot by police

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The man shot by police last week will be released without having to post bail.

The Hampden County District Attorney, Mark Mastroianni, is taking responsibility for the decision but he, along with city officials, are not pleased.

It all stems from an agreement made between the district attorney's office and defense attorneys in the case of Heriberto Hernandez.

"Sometimes it gets frustrating to not only myself, but our police officers," said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, reacting to the bail set for Heriberto Hernandez.

The 49-year-old was arrested on Aug. 28, when police said he was in the process of trashing his girlfriend's car. When police approached, they said Hernandez released his dog, a pitbull, on the pursuing officer and lunged at the officer with a knife.

Police said after they attempted to subdue Hernandez with mace, they shot him in the leg.

Sarno says this is the latest in a series of arrests that leaves the city with questions for the judicial system.

"Our police department has made arrests on these individuals, but for some reason they're let go," Sarno stated. "We want to better understand it."

Facing numerous counts, including threatening to commit murder, Hernandez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

Tuesday, at his dangerousness hearing, a judge ruled he could be released on $5,000 personal surety, meaning he would only have to pay if he fails to show up at future court appearances.

Mastroianni said that was due to a deal his office made, but he was unaware of the situation. Sarno said he wants better communication across the board.

"We want to facilitate a red flag type of issue from the street, sergeant level on up, that these people are terrorizing hot spot levels," said Sarno.

The mayor said the Hernandez bail issue will be noticed by the community and he would like to have answers for his residents.

"What more does it take from the judicial side to say if he's willing to do that to a police officer, can you imagine what he was willing to do to the average citizen," said Sarno. "And it was a domestic [dispute]."

Sarno went on to say he expects some movement on this issue, especially with this particular case in the judicial system.

We reached out to the Hampden County Sheriff's Department to see if Hernandez has been released, but our call was not returned.

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