Firearm, assault charges result from Main Street fight in Greenfield

  • Police arrested two individuals at the corner of Main Street and Hope Street in Greenfield on Tuesday evening. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

  • Police search a vehicle at the corner of Main Street and Hope Street in Greenfield on Tuesday evening. STAFF PHOTO/JULIAN MENDOZA

Published: 6/6/2023 10:37:49 PM

GREENFIELD — Two men pleaded not guilty in Greenfield District Court on Wednesday following an altercation at the corner of Main Street and Bank Row on Tuesday.

Devantae Maguire, 19, was charged with assault and battery as well as various firearms offenses, according to Greenfield Police Lt. Todd Dodge. Darien DeJesus, 19, faces a disorderly conduct charge.

Dodge said as many as four people were in a vehicle, owned and driven by DeJesus, that was traveling east toward the Filthy Kicks shoe store located at 357 Main St. at roughly 4:30 p.m. Maguire, a backseat passenger, allegedly started yelling out the window to a person standing on the Greenfield Common while the vehicle was stopped at the traffic light.

“The light changed, they drove up and they parked in front of the store. The driver and his girlfriend entered the shoe store, reportedly, and the backseat passengers walked toward the common, [toward] the person they yelled to,” Dodge said. “At some point in time, the driver and his girlfriend came out of the store and learned of this event happening. They hear noises … and they see there is a fight, essentially, in progress.”

Someone allegedly started yelling “he has to go,” referring to Maguire, who is believed to have instigated the attack, according to Dodge. He added that an off-duty deputy sheriff reportedly intervened in the fight to separate the two individuals.

During this scuffle involving the deputy sheriff, Dodge said a gun allegedly popped out of Maguire’s pocket and became detached from its magazine, at which time Maguire fled. He said DeJesus, after leaving the shoe store, picked up Maguire and drove east until he was pulled over by police at the corner of Main and Hope streets just before 5 p.m.

According to Dodge, Officer Tim Cooley located the magazine, and Officer Brent Griffin found the gun, which had no bullets in the chamber. Dodge said the gun was never discharged during the incident.

After several interviews, the victim who was allegedly assaulted and Maguire were taken by ambulance to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Maguire was released from the hospital and taken to the Greenfield Police Station for booking. Dodge said there is reason to believe there was another backseat passenger who fled.

“We’re still working on bits and pieces of this,” Dodge said Wednesday evening, “which could result in additional charges.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne. Reach Domenic Poli at: or 413-930-4120.

An earlier version of this story included an incorrect charge for Darien DeJesus. DeJesus faces a disorderly conduct charge.


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