SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One person is dead after a police-involved shooting in the area of Union and Main Streets in Springfield on Saturday.
According to Massachusetts State Police Spokesperson Dave Procopio, at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, Troopers that were assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit were involved in an incident with a suspect on Union and Main Street. As a result of that incident, a police-involved shooting occurred.
According to Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon, members of the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit, along with members of the Springfield Police Department assigned to the Gaming Enforcement Unit received reports of a 48-year-old man that was acting aggressively towards others and possibly had a firearm at the MGM casino.
Investigators located the man as he was leaving the casino and was heading in the direction of Main and Union Streets. A foot pursuit then ensued when contact was made with him. During the foot chase, shots were fired and exchanged between the man and the responding officers. The man was hit during the exchange, which resulted in officers requesting an ambulance and medical aid.
The man was sent to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he later passed away. Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni and members of his office will be doing an investigation into the use of force in the shooting.
22News was at the incident and could see four State Police cruisers and caution tape blocking off CVS and other businesses. Main Street was closed from Union Street to Hubbard Avenue due to the incident.
The investigation into the incident is being led by the Hampden District Attorney, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, and the Springfield Police Department’s Detective Bureau. 22News will continue to update the story as soon as more information becomes available.