State Police crisis negotiators are assisting Agawam police in an hours long standoff after shots were fired on Brookline Avenue in Agawam Monday evening.
Agawam Police Chief Eric Gillis confirmed with 22News that shots were fired around the Feeding Hills area a little after 5:30 p.m. State Police were called in to assist Agawam police, as well as members of the SWAT team, the bomb squad and crisis negotiators.
According to Agawam Mayor Bill Sapelli, neighbors called police reporting they heard “explosions.” Mayor Sapelli added that police had sent in a robot to the home and used tear gas.
“We had calls from some residents that they heard an explosion,” Mayor Sapello told 22News. “So the police responded, and when they arrived they found a resident was shooting off a fire arm. Fortunately nobody was hit.”
22News was there as law enforcements tried to communicate with someone inside one of the homes on Brookline Avenue. They were asking them to open the door.
A 22News crew noticed several Agawam police cruisers were blocking the area around a home. Residents of Brookline Avenue and Belvidere Street were evacuated from their homes and the road has been blocked off.
“I was driving home from work and I saw the commotion, I figured small town like Agawam, I wanted to know what was going on so I pulled over,” said Matt Cavallo, a Feeding Hills resident. “You’ve got officers in their SWAT gear, State Police everywhere.”
Surrounding businesses were also evacuated.
22News shot video of what appears to be snipers stationed in the cemetery next to Brookline Avenue. Police officers were also stationed on the street with their weapons out.
It is currently unclear if anyone has been hurt.
This is still a developing story. 22News will bring you updates as more information becomes available.