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Ludlow standoff ends, gunfire heard outside home

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An eight-hour standoff ended this evening with gunshots.

But according to Ludlow police, it was Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet's actions that led to the end of the standoff.

In a press release sent to CBS 3 Springfield, Ludlow police said that Chief James McGowan of the Ludlow police as well as Commissioner Fitchet responded to the situation in the woods off Center Street.

Both know the suspect, George Stuart, a former Springfield police officer and tried to negotiate with him for seven hours to end the standoff.

According to the press release, Stuart fired and sustained self-inflicted gunshot wounds as the commissioner was attempting to disarm him.

The release says, "If the subject survives his injuries, it is because of the commissioner's brave actions.

Around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, around three gunshots could be heard being fired behind the house.

Police had staged an hours-long standoff with Stuart in a section of woods behind the 700 block of Center Street.

The standoff started after neighbors say Stuart received divorce papers Wednesday morning. Shortly after, firefighters responded to the Center Street home. The fire consumed the garage. At one point, Stuart ran into the woods behind his home with police pursuing.

Center Street was closed beginning at Randall's Farm for most of the day.

Stuart has been rushed to Baystate Medical Center for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.

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