CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - It was a very tense day in Chicopee Friday after a state trooper was wounded during a shootout with a suspect. Chicopee police got the call that shots were fired around 7:45 Friday morning, near the corner of West and Center Streets.
Witnesses told 22News police were at the home at 102 West Street within minutes. Gunfire was exchanged between State and Chicopee Police, and the suspect inside the home.
Just before 8:00 a.m 20-year veteran, Massachusetts State Police Trooper John Vasquez was shot in the leg and hand. He is expected to be okay.
The standoff continued for two more hours until police discovered the suspect, Carlos Laguer, 41, of Springfield, was dead.
A woman and boy were found in the home as well, both were safe.
Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette told 22News that the woman who lived in the house had a restraining order out of Springfield District Court against Laguer. "It appears that she fled from an issue of domestic violence to Chicopee, had a new boyfriend. The shooter came to this residence, the new boyfriend was gone, we're not sure where. He confronted the landlord to gain access to the apartment, when that didn't happen he kicked the door in and then confronted the mother. He may have fired shots at her as she fled, and then he came out of the front door, while the 8-year-old was still in the apartment and began the shooting spree that involved Trooper Vasquez."
Several downtown Chicopee streets were shut down for more than 12 hours, but the intersection of Center and West Streets has since reopened.
Several cars were towed from the area around 7:30 Friday night, including a State Police cruiser, a Chicopee Police cruiser, a silver truck and a school bus.
The body of the suspect was still inside the West Street home as of 10: 00pm Friday night. Police are investigating whether he committed suicide or was killed by officers.