SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- One person has been found dead in a Springfield gas station after being involved in an officer-involved shooting.
Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh said that officers responded to the Sunoco Gas Station on Sumner Avenue around 3 a.m. Tuesday following a 'be on the lookout' call from Southbridge Police for a man, who was involved in a domestic disturbance in their town.
We're told the domestic disturbance incident in Southbridge took place just before midnight and that the man was believed to be armed and threatening to take his own life.
Initially, when police were dispatched to the gas station, they learned from an employee that the man had been in the store earlier, but had left.
Then an hour later, police learned he was back at the Sunoco.
"When Officers returned to the store, the man matching the description was at the register purchasing some items. Officers entered the convenience store with their service pistols drawn, ordering the man to show his hands. The man ignored repeated orders and pulled a firearm from his pocket and fired multiple shots at the Officers narrowly missing them," explains Springfield Police Department representative, Ryan Walsh.
He tells Western Mass News officers then returned fire.
"The man retreated towards the corner of the store. The man fired another round at the Officers before he entered the bathroom," Walsh says.
There was a clerk in the store at the time and police were able to safely remove her from the situation.
She was unharmed in the incident.
Walsh confirms as well that no civilians were in harm's way during this time.
The department's emergency services unit responded and entered the bathroom.
That's when police say they found the man dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Walsh noted that police saw that the man had also been struck by the officers' gunfire.
"The man’s firearm and heroin was located inside the bathroom," Walsh explained.
The whole incident was caught on-camera.
Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood telling us, "Watching the video from inside the store gave me goosebumps. These officers performed their duties as they have been trained and I commend all of them for their actions. Thankfully they were not hurt in this extremely dangerous, volatile situation."
The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation by Springfield Police and the Hampden County District Attorney's office.
"The Springfield Police Department's Detective Bureau, Internal Investigation Unit and use of force panel will review this incident internally. The four officers involved were not injured and as is protocol will remain on inside duty until this incident is reviewed," Walsh notes.
Following the incident, Mayor Domenic Sarno reports he also saw the video of the incident.
"Having seen the video it is crystal-clear that our brave and dedicated officers' professional actions stopped this repeat violent offender from harming our citizens. An individual who doesn't hesitate to shoot at an armed, uniformed police officer obviously would not think twice about harming a member of our community. Again our officer's professional actions not only saved over lives, but their own. Our Springfield Police Officers put their lives on the line day in and day out to make for a better Springfield. Godspeed to them all."