FRAMINGHAM – Justin Breakspear, 31, of Framingham, was arraigned today in Framingham District Court and charged with six counts of armed assault with intent to murder, six counts of attempt to commit murder, possession of ammunition without a license, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, possession of a firearm without a license, assault with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation, four counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device and possession of a firearm after two violent crime or drug convictions.
Judge David Frank ordered the defendant to undergo a mental health evaluation and further ordered the defendant held without bail pending a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for July 26, 2017.
On Thursday, July 20 at approximately 8:36 p.m. Framingham Police responded to a residence on Whiting Road for a report of a man armed with a gun. Upon arrival at the residence officers allegedly observed the defendant with what appeared to be a black rifle sling across his shoulder. When encountered by police the defendant allegedly discharged a firearm at the six responding officers before fleeing the area.
The defendant was subsequently located at a Water Street Property in the area of Edgell Road after a witness reported to police that he saw a man in the area of his shop. The Massachusetts State Police Airwing, who were assisting Framingham Police with the response, observed a man on the roof a building on Edgell Road. The defendant surrendered to police shortly after being located.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to today’s arraignment was Assistant District Attorney Wendi Safran.