WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield Police say that the Piper Road area is now safe, after a situation in the area that caused public schools to be placed on a two-hour delay.

Our 22News crews could see multiple police officers and a tactical team on Lyncosky Drive, which is a side street off Piper Road. The area is close to three schools: Fausey Elementary, West Springfield High, and West Springfield Middle.

West Springfield Police (WSPD) have arrested Michael Lyncosky, age 34 of Morgan Road in West Springfield on the following charges:

  • (1) Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm
  • (2) Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling
  • (3) Unlawful Possession of Ammunition without an FID
  • (4) Possession of a Class “B” Substance
  • (5) Disorderly Person

According to the WSPD Facebook page, around 5:39am officers were called to the area of 577 Piper Rd. after receiving multiple 911 calls for a person in crisis/family disturbance and shots fired from a vehicle that was driving around the field of the family property and adjacent property.

Responding officers contained the vehicle to the field and family property. Officers attempted to get Mr. Lyncosky out of his vehicle, but he kept driving off. At around 7AM he stopped his vehicle and officers used a taser to contain him. He was taken to WSPD headquarters where he was checked out by paramedics and booked on charges. Investigating detectives found a firearm at the scene.

Police say that they have on record 63 calls for service involving him since 2018.

Because of the volatile situation, the time of day (students walking to school, bus stops) and the proximity to the High School, Middle School and Fausey School, school officials were contacted and a two-hour delay was implemented. This threat was never directed towards any school and only involved the schools due to their location to the incident.

“Due to a threat near the West Springfield High School this morning, a two hour delay has been announced. The individual causing this threat has been arrested and the area is safe. We will have a more detailed press release coming later this morning, but the scene is now safe.”

West Springfield police posted on their official Facebook page

West Springfield Acting Superintendent Vito Perrone told 22News that schools are on a two-hour delay delay out of an abundance of caution.

Stay with 22News and WWLP.com for the latest information as it becomes available.