Chicopee murder victim identified; suspect charged with murder


CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – A man has been charged with murder after officers discovered a homicide victim, after being called to Montgomery Street in Chicopee for a well-being check Thursday night.

According to Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk, police were called to check on the well being of a man inside a car that was parked behind 1296 Montgomery Street at 7:04 p.m.

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon told 22News, officers found 39-year-old Gary Gaudette of Springfield seated in a vehicle and unresponsive. Officers administered CPR but discovered that the victim had already died and had suffered from a gunshot wound.

Wilk said State Police detectives assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s office made an arrest in connection to the case at 4:24 a.m. Friday morning.

The suspect, 45-year-old William Allsop of Monson, was charged with murder in Chicopee District Court Friday morning. He is being held without the right to bail and scheduled to be back in court on December 20.

Police say there was no threat to the public and the victim and the suspect knew each other.

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Chicopee Police Department and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office’s Murder Unit are investigating what led up to the homicide.

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