SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police say that a man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, shortly after he exchanged gunfire with police at a gas station in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood early Tuesday morning.
The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office has identified the man as 29-year-old Daniel Buck of Southbridge.
Springfield Police Department spokesperson Ryan Walsh told 22News they were alerted by Southbridge police to be on the lookout for Buck after he had been involved in a domestic disturbance, and was believed to be armed with a gun and threatening to commit suicide.
Walsh says that around 3:00 A.M., Springfield officers were notified that a man matching his description was at the Sunoco gas station on Sumner Ave. When officers got there, Walsh said he was at the register purchasing some items.
“Officers entered the convenience store with their service pistols drawn, ordering the man to show his hands,” Walsh said. “The man ignored repeated orders and pulled a firearm from his pocket and fired multiple shots at the Officers narrowly missing them. Officers then returned fire and the man retreated towards the corner of the store. The man fired another round at the Officers before he entered the bathroom. Officers then safely removed the clerk from the store, she was unharmed.”
Members of the department’s Emergency Services Unit were called-in and about 90 minutes later, found Buck inside the bathroom, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Walsh says that in addition to that wound, he had been struck by gunfire from the police.
No officers were injured. The four officers involved in the shooting will remain on inside duty while the incident is reviewed.
“Watching the video from inside the store gave me goosebumps,” Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Capprood said. “These officers performed their duties as they have been trained and I commend all of them for their actions. Thankfully they were not hurt in this extremely dangerous, volatile situation.”
“Having seen the video it is crystal-clear that our brave and dedicated officers’ professional actions stopped this repeat violent offender from harming our citizens,” Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said. “An individual who doesn’t hesitate to shoot at an armed, uniformed police officer obviously would not think twice about harming a member of our community. Again our officer’s professional actions not only saved over lives, but their own. Our Springfield Police Officers put their lives on the line day in and day out to make for a better Springfield. Godspeed to them all.”
The Springfield Police Detective Bureau and the Hampden County DA’s office is looking into the circumstances of the shooting.