West Springfield Police investigating apparent suicide on Elm Street

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – West Springfield Police are investigating an apparent suicide in the area of Elm Street Wednesday morning.

West Springfield Police Sgt. Joe Lafrance told 22News, police were called to Elm Street and Southworth Street around 10:40 a.m. for a shooting incident involving a male victim.

Officers found a body of a man in a car. He had suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police closed off part of the parking lot and covered the car with white sheets.

When our 22News crew got there, they saw several police cars surrounding a black car with sheets draped over it. Lafrance said the area is safe and the West Springfield Detective Bureau will release more information later.

Neighbors were disturbed by the police activity so close to home.

“I was walking to CVS and all of a sudden I saw all of these cruisers but yeah I never thought this would happen so close to where I live,” said Ruben Perez, a neighbor.

Hampden County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Leydon told 22News, the incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide and there is no threat to the public.

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