Police say a six-hour standoff on Brookline Avenue in Agawam came to an end after the man responsible was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police identified the man as 61-year-old Michael Kerr. Kerr's brother spoke exclusively with Western Mass News during the hours long standoff. He said his brother had lived with disabilities.
Agawam Police said the incident unfolded when officers were dispatched to 74 Brookline Avenue around 5:25 p.m. after residents thought they heard explosions.
"They heard something that wasn't appropriate, didn't know what it was, they called immediately, and their immediate actions probably led this to end the way it did, no neighbors got injured or fire, police, or anyone else," Agawam Mayor William Sapelli said.
When officers arrived, they determined the noise coming from the home on Brookline Avenue was gunfire.
Agawam Police told Western Mass News in the first hour of the standoff, Kerr fired approximately twenty rounds of ammunition in and out of the home and at least one round struck a neighboring home.
Shortly after, residents on Brookline Avenue and the nearby Belvidere Avenue were asked to evacuate their homes.
State Police Trooper Sullivan told Western Mass News they sent a STOP Team, a crisis negotiator, and a bomb squad to Agawam around 5:50 p.m.
At some point, Sapelli said police sent a robot into the home, deploying tear gas in an attempt to get Kerr to leave.
Around 11:30 p.m. is when State Police S.T.O.P. team members entered the home and discovered Kerr had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Kerr was a longtime resident of Agawam, those who knew him told Western Mass News. They remember riding bikes with him back in high school. The photo of Kerr attached to this story is from a former classmate of his at Agawam High School in 1975.
Residents have since returned to their homes and the area has been cleared by authorities.
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