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Suspect Dead, Trooper Shot During Chicopee Shootout

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – One person is dead and a trooper is recovering from a gunshot wound after a chaotic shootout in Chicopee.

Chicopee Police Chief John Ferraro says that around 7:45 a.m. Friday, police were called for the report of shots fired on West Street, near the corner of Center Street in Chicopee’s downtown.

Two state troopers and Chicopee Police arrived a short time later. When they did, Ferraro says that the officers were met with gunfire.

Officers returned fire “in self defense,” adds Ferraro, and the suspect retreated into the home.

In the hail of gunfire, one trooper was hit. Mass. State Police Colonel Marian McGovern identifies that trooper as 44-year-old John Vasquez. He is married with one teenage son.

The 20 year veteran of the department was shot twice and taken to Baystate Medical Center. He is being treated for non life threatening injuries.

A perimeter was immediately set up and SWAT teams from Chicopee Police and Mass. State Police responded.

Two area schools – Bowe School and Holyoke Catholic – were also placed in lockdown for a time during the morning.

When officers were able to enter the home, they found the suspect dead on the first floor of the home. His name has not been released.

Ferraro says the man has a “long record with law enforcement.”

As the officers entered the home, they detected a strong smell of gas. McGovern says that a HAZMAT situation and the house was secured.

Crews checked the home to ensure nobody else was in the home, and the fire department and gas companies were called.

A woman and young boy, approximately 8 years old, were in the home during the standoff. Both made it out safely.

McGovern says that it’s not known what the relationship was between the woman, the boy, and the suspect.

The incident, including the shooting of the trooper and the death of the suspect, remain under investigation by the Chicopee Police Department, Mass. State Police, and troopers assigned to Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni’s office.


  • Angela

    Oh my god my daughter and I just went by there and we’re like what the heck is happening lol keep us posted!

    • joe

      lol? really

  • Carol Ann Bissonnette

    The police are hiding behind a tanker! What if a bullet hits the tanker? I’ld look for another hiding spot. Just saying

    • Rick

      A bullet from a pistol will not penetrate a tanker. I saw a myth busters on it!

      • matt

        He was shooting a semi automatic rifle and not a pistol.

  • nancestef

    We’re in lockdown in our offices here on Front Street.

  • Diane

    Okay….why hiding behind a gasoline tanker??? Do they wanna get everyone blown up??

  • Kathie

    WHAT SCHOOLS ARE IN LOCKDOWN? MY GRANDDAUGHTERS GO TO SCHOOLS THERE. NOT THAT FAMILIAR WITH CHICOPEE AND LOCATION OF SCHOOLS

    • nancestef

      Bowe is one school under lockdown. I don’t know the other.

    • tm

      St. Stns is another school on lockdow

  • Officer

    Don’t worry about the tanker. That only happens in the movies. The cops know what they are doing

  • !!!!!!

    I’m guessing the schools on lockdown are Holyoke Community and Bowe Elementary School

    • !!!!!!

      Sorry I meant Holyoke Catholic

  • http://wggb.com Dave

    happy friday the 13th..

    • nancestef

      Thanks! One of the most memorable ones I’ve had! LOL!

  • judy ruggles

    you are doing a great job of keeping us posted, i hope the power has been cut to the house so the people inside don’t know what the police are doing….

  • Bob Marley

    Holyoke catholic is the other school under lockdown.

  • Bob Marley II

    How do u know st stans is under lockdown?

    • tm

      my daughter n kids were evacuated from the dunkin donuts after the shooter blew the window out. her kids go to st. stns. i am in nj and have gotten brief updates from her. service is not good wherever the police have them. FREAKING OUT

  • Tara

    It’s the camera man. News 40 is trying to keep the camera away from the shots of the house- but apparently the guy can’t listen. Brendan is doing a great job, reporting the scene, very informative!!

  • nancestef

    The School Bus Driver who got the kids off the bus and to safety should be publicly commended…they deserve a medal.

  • Don

    Holyoke Catholic? Must Mean Holy Name, great reporing

  • maria

    We have a scanner and live right up the hill. Child lives there & wife called 911 about 7:45. I heard all the shots. Sounded like a bunch of fireworks. While I was on phone with my kid I heard the call from the down trooper. Driver of bus got kids off and took them to bowe school. Sad day. Hope the 60 yr old man doesn’t do suicide by cops or worst. Pray for safety to all the cops. They gonna news it. Obtw. Only 1 person shot. Not 3

  • kurt

    I agree, get the tanker out of there, otherwise it will get a lot worse.

  • marisol

    CRIME IS EVERYWHERE!!! NO ONE IS SAFE!!! WGGB YOU GUYS DO WHAT YOU DO BEST IM NOT SURE WHY ALL THE DUMB COMMENTS POSTED HERE..IM TUNED IN…VIOLENCE IN MASSACHUSETTS IS UNBELIEVABLE..

  • prayers

    the fire trucks are there because the police are probably going to pump tear gas into the building. Sometimes there is so much that it will catch fire.

  • prayers

    Doubt if the shooter is watching the news and reading blogs now. I’m sure his main concern is whether to take his life or not because he knows that he is either going to be killed or go to jail for the rest of his life if he lives…

  • http://www.SociallyUncensored.eu Adam H

    Sharing this news with the world

  • WaytoGo

    NBC news is reporting the gunman is dead. Possible hazmat situation in the apartment.

  • danielle

    This is sad,,I grew up in Chicopee,,and hace friends and family there,,instead of worrying about the color of the people who live there lets focus on the kids and police officers who’ve. Been hurt,,,idiots

  • http://a@aol.com anthony

    Was the suspect wearing a hoodie? If he was where is Sharpton&Jackson?

  • Danny L.

    2012 and race is still an issue, why? Black, white, red, or orange… we all bleed red. Those police officers risked their lives to help save the lives of others around. They are our hometown heroes. Chicopee, like any city has its good and bad. Every city has both, dont like it MOVE to the bottom of the ocean. I commend any and every person who risked their life today.

  • http://cramos1000@hotmail.com wil

    This johnny is a real asshole you think we want to live in the hood

  • sick of idiots

    Are u kidding me!! Who cares where it happened, projects or not. People should concerned for safety of everyone involved. Joe, you are an ignorant pathetic human being. How could you wish it to happen in Springfield or holyoke. Open your eyes and see that the situation is horrible. Who fucking cares where it happened or didn’t happen it is a terrible crime and the police saved many innocent people. Why do.t you grow a set of real balls and risk your life for strangers. You make me sick. Pathetic, simply pathetic

  • B

    I love the ridiculousness of so many of these comments. The majority of them must be made by people who sit at home all day, because the intellectuals who actually understand societal dilemmas like this are all at work earning an honest wage. Why don’t you get off the computer and go read a book!

  • Tt

    Today the ppl who risk their lives for us has put there trainings to test and no one will ever understand the after effect from something like this. Eveyone just needs to realize that theres to sides to every situation and no one know what lead this guy up to the situation. Just no he has cost himself his life . But to everyone who made it possible and help i commend u deeply..god bless everyone that was involed

  • Spike Lee

    I think half the crazy idiots on here should be shot for just being themselves.this country is full of morons.NRA you bet to protect myself from you crazy idiots.GO ROMNEY !!!!!.this country needs a cleaning from these space cadets.Spike Lee wants your address.

  • hello

    I wonder if the racist assholes know the race of the trooper that was responding to the call. Idiots.

  • Carol Ann Bissonnette

    All in all the police handled the situation the right way. They got the job done! If that tanker or house exploded could you relies the life’s that could of been lost!

  • http://Gmail Proud Chicopee Police Wife

    Is it a wonder why our world is the way it is. Not one post asks about this innocent child who had his whole life turn upside down. Thank god he is PHYSICALLY safe. This poor child will never be the same. And for the ignorant waste of breath that came out of the above post from Anthony hope you never need the police because your obviously not worth the time it would take my husband or his partners to get out of their cruiser. God bless all our police. May each and every one of you get home safely to your families. Thank you for all you do.

  • http://charter DONNA

    THANK YOU TO THE CHICOPEE POLICE, STATE TROOPERS AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO KEPT OUR CITY SAFE THIS A,M, I AM PROUD OF OUR CITY FOR THEIR QUICK RESPONSE TO THIS AWFUL SITUATION PRAYERS TO THE LITTLE BOY, AND 1 LESS LOOSER TAKING US SPACE HERE!

  • not really shocked

    I am only shocked that a wife of a cop or any woman could write with total disregard for grammar like the cop’s wife did. To JOE : a che te takey?

  • Disgusted by comments

    Many people could have been killed today. Thankfully they weren’t. For people to be spewing nasty comments toward each other is terrible. There is an 8 yr old boy who will forever be tarnished by this tragedy. There is also a 6 yr old who had to learn today that his father is dead. And the mother of the 6 yr old who had to give this horrible news to her child. These 2 children are going through hell tonight because their father was a complete lunatic. But they are innocent in all this. He had served a few years in jail for beating his ex. When they broke up he went back with this other girl and couldn’t accept she didn’t want to be with him. Obviously he had several screws loose and the world is much better without him in it. But to attack ones race and where people live is crazy. The bigger picture is many people lives were tragically effected for years to come by today’s events.