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Published on February 21, 2024
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Springfield, Mass. police made a major breakthrough Wednesday morning, apprehending 32-year-old Jean Mercado in relation to a December homicide. Mercado was arrested inside a Quincy Street apartment and faces charges for the death of Billy Spivey Jr., aged 44, who was fatally shot on Albemarle Street last December as reported by the Springfield Police Department.

The tragic incident occurred on December 4 when Springfield officers were dispatched at 6:05 p.m. to respond to a ShotSpotter activation, there they discovered Spivey wounded by gunfire in the street and despite being transported to Baystate for treatment, he succumbed to his injuries later the same evening. After an extensive investigation led by Captain Trent Duda of the Springfield Police Homicide Unit, detectives pointed out Mercado as the suspect firing the round that ended Spivey's life, on February 14 a warrant was issued for Mercado's arrest on murder charges. The investigation still continues conducted in partnership with the Hampden District Attorney’s Murder Unit.

Mercado, a Holyoke resident, faces a litany of charges beyond the murder accusation, including firearm offences and motor vehicle infractions. According to the Springfield Police Department's announcement, he is charged with murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building without a license, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, as well as possession with the intent to distribute a Class B drug and several other vehicle-related offences.

Authorities apprehended Mercado after a joint effort by the Springfield Police Firearms Investigation Unit, Massachusetts State Police VFAS, and Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. Mercado's arraignment is scheduled for this afternoon at the Springfield District Court, according to the Springfield Police Department.