Man brandishes gun at Westford basketball tournament, DA says

A Massachusetts man is facing multiple charges after he pulled a gun on another relative during a game at a tournament in Westford, authorities say. Jose Mow, 34, of Boston, was arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court for assault with a dangerous weapon, disturbing a public meeting, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, storing misuse of a firearm and driving a vehicle with a revoked licence. Westford Police said they responded to The Mill Works sports complex on Town Farm Road at around 3 pm on Sunday afternoon to reports of a disturbance at the facility and a man with a gun. When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told them the man who had brandished the gun had fled and provided a description of the vehicle he had left in. Westford officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle, which was being driven by Mow. Police then found a gun in a diaper bag inside the vehicle and arrested Mow. Middlesex District Attorney’s Office investigators said Mow was attending a basketball tournament at The Mill Works, where his son was playing, when he allegedly got into an altercation. with a relative of a player from the opposing team. According to the prosecutor’s office, Mow brandished a handgun at the other parent, a 48-year-old New York man, at some point during the altercation. As a result, players participating in the tournament and spectators fled the establishment. “This was a frightening and potentially dangerous situation that has no place in youth sports,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. “We have been focusing in Middlesex County on building a culture of safe and respectful behavior on the fringes of these types of events and that did not happen (Sunday). These types of altercations between adults are unacceptable and can have lasting effects on our young people. firearm. Additionally, we are extremely fortunate that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident,” Westford Police Chief Mark Chambers said in a statement. In a statement, The Mill Works facilities management team said Sunday marked the second day of a basketball tournament taking place at the site. “We are pleased to report that there were no injuries and all patrons/customers were safely evacuated from our facility in a timely manner. The alleged suspect was also apprehended by the police department. of Westford and taken into custody,” the statement read. “Mill Works Sports Facility has emergency protocols in place for mass exodus incidents which are regularly reviewed with employees. Our number one goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all of our customers. We are delighted that our staff have done a tremendous job helping our spectators and athletes out of the building during this stressful time for all.the appearance is scheduled for June 6. Investigators say they were able to view video of the incident and were still working to determine what led to the altercation spoke to police are asked to call the Westford Police Department at 978-692-2161.

A Massachusetts man is facing multiple charges after he pulled a gun on another relative during a game at a tournament in Westford, authorities say.

Jose Mow, 34, of Boston, was arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court for assault with a dangerous weapon, disturbing a public meeting, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition, improper storage of a firearm and driving a vehicle with a revoked license.

Westford Police said they responded to The Mill Works sports complex on Town Farm Road at around 3pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance at the facility and a man with a gun.

When police arrived at the scene, witnesses told them the man who had brandished the gun fled and provided a description of the vehicle he left it in.

Westford officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle, which was being driven by Mow. Police then found a gun in a diaper bag inside the vehicle and arrested Mow.

Middlesex District Attorney’s Office investigators say Mow was attending a basketball tournament at The Mill Works, where his son was playing, when he allegedly got into an argument with a relative of a player on the team opponent.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Mow brandished a handgun at the other parent, a 48-year-old New York man, at some point during the altercation. As a result, players participating in the tournament and spectators fled the facility.

“It was a frightening and potentially dangerous situation that has no place in youth sports,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement. “We have been focusing in Middlesex County on building a culture of safe and respectful behavior on the fringes of these types of events and that did not happen (Sunday). These types of altercations between adults are unacceptable and can have lasting effects on our young people.

“We are very grateful to all of the witnesses who came forward to allow for a quick identification of the parties involved which resulted in the arrest and seizure of the firearm. Additionally, we are extremely fortunate that there were no serious injuries as a result of this incident,” Westford Police Chief Mark Chambers said in a statement.

In a statement, The Mill Works facilities management team said Sunday marked the second day of a basketball tournament taking place at the site.

“We are pleased to report that there were no injuries and all patrons/customers were safely evacuated from our facility in a timely manner. The alleged suspect has also been apprehended by the City Police Department. Westford and taken into custody,” the statement read. “Mill Works Sports Facility has emergency protocols in place for mass exodus incidents which are regularly reviewed with employees. Our number one goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all of our customers. We are delighted that our staff have done a tremendous job helping our spectators and athletes out of the building during this stressful time for all.”

At Monday’s arraignment, Judge Tejal Mehta ordered Mow to be held on $1,000 bond in the case and Mow’s bail was later revoked for an open case in Boston.

Mow’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 6.

Investigators said they were able to view video of the incident and are still working to determine what led to the altercation.

Anyone with video of the incident or anyone who was present at the tournament who has not yet spoken to police is asked to call the Westford Police Department at 978-692-2161.

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