Chicopee home invasion suspects held without bail

Hampden County

The three men arrested following a home invasion in Chicopee Monday night have been denied bail.

Twenty-year-old Ayman Khalifa of Springfield, 20-year-old Austin Shepard of Adams, and 23-year-old Efrain Diaz-Martinez Jr. of Springfield, were all arraigned in Chicopee District Court Tuesday afternoon in connection with the home invasion, which also led to an officer-involved shooting.

The three suspects will remain in custody pending the outcomes of scheduled dangerousness hearings on December 11. Shephard and Khalifa have also had their bail revoked in other cases for 90 days.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News officers were called to the incident at 18 Plante Circle at 6:47 p.m. Monday night. By the time officers got there, the suspects had left the home, but were found nearby. Wilk said a brief foot chase ensued, at which point an officer shot at and struck one of the suspects. The suspect was then taken to the hospital for treatment and later released into the custody of police.

“Our department is working with detectives from the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the District Attorneys office, as is protocol in any officer-involved shooting,” Wilk said.

All three men are charged with home invasion.

Khalifa is facing the following additional charges: 

  • carrying a firearm without a license
  • possession of ammunition without an FID card
  • defacing the serial number of a firearm
  • possession of a firearm in a felony
  • possession of large capacity feeding device

Shepard and Diaz- Martinez Jr. were also charged with armed robbery with a firearm and misleading a police officer. 

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