Neighbors are still in shock the day after a standoff between police and an Agawam man. 22News spoke with people about what it was like to have an active shooter in their town.
Brookline Avenue in Agawam is where an hours long stand off took place between police and the person who lived at number 74, Michael Kerr.
“This is Agawam. It’s such a quiet town. You never believe this could happen”, says Holly Bianco, who lives on Springfield Street.
You can see her house from the end of Brookline Avenue. When police evacuated Brookline Avenue and Belvidere Avenue in the middle of the standoff, many people who were home were welcomed at Holly’s house.
Other people usually drive by Brookline Avenue, but don’t notice the street is even there because of how quiet it is.
Paul Radtke was on his way home when he heard about the incident. He told 22News he drives by the street almost everyday, but didn’t notice it until Monday.
“I happened to see something pop up on my GPS, which gets notifications from my wife’s iPhone,” he said. “I drove by and I saw all of the commotion and then I smelled something that smelled like a combination of gun powder and some other noxious thing. I figured it must be tear gas.”
It was only after police tear-gassed Kerr’s house and broke in that they found him dead.
The stand off lasted for almost 8 hours.
Come Tuesday morning Brookline Avenue went back to being the quiet residential street it usually is except for one minor change. Michael Kerr’s residence is now boarded up and the people that live in Agawam are shocked.
“You’re just going home. You’re living your life day to day and then you find out you have an active shooting taking place in your own neighborhood,” says Bianco.
Agawam police Chief Eric Gillis told 22News Kerr died after shooting himself.