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Chicopee officers injured while placing suspects in custody

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Three Chicopee police officers were injured while attempting to place a man and a woman into custody Thursday night. 

According to Chicopee Officer Mike Wilk, someone reported to police around 8 p.m. that 30-year-old Amanda Wheeler of Springfield and 29-year-old Patrick Hourihan of Chicopee were heading to a home in Chicopee driving a Green Saturn.

It was also reported that Wheeler and Hourihan possibly had warrants. K-9 Officer Livingstone witnessed the Green Saturn on East Street and saw Wheeler and Hourihan pull into a parking lot and entered a store.

Officer Livingstone also entered the store and asked Hourihan and Wheeler for their ID's, but neither complied.

When Officer Livingstone was placing Hourihan in handcuffs because he wasn't providing his identity, Wheeler reportedly began yelling and screaming and caused a disturbance, Wilk said. 

Once Hourihan was detained, Officer Livingstone went to detain Wheeler, and as she struggled on the ground she told Hourihan to hit Officer Livingstone. 

Officer Livingstone then felt pain in his upper left leg, then he drew his taser and ordered Hourihan to get back, then Wheeler attempted to flee and she was tased.

Wilk said Wheeler broke free and ran to the car after being tased, but she was stopped by Officer LaFlamme. 

While police were detaining Wheeler, Hourihan then fled towards Springfield, and he was captured by Springfield police K9 officers and brought back to Chicopee. 

Wheeler and Hourihan were charged with the following:

  • Two counts assault and battery on a police officer
  • Resisting arrest
  • WMS warrant
  • Receiving a stolen motor vehicle

Wilk noted that all three officers were later released from the hospital. Both Wheeler and Hourihan were held without right to bail and were arraigned on Friday in Chicopee District Court. 

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