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State Trooper John Vasquez Lucky to be Alive after Hail of Gunfire

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) – A veteran state trooper is lucky to be alive after a shootout rocked a section of Downtown Chicopee Friday morning.

For state trooper John Vasquez, it was just another call to action.

The 20 year veteran of the force was shot several times, trying to pin down the shooter.

Fortunately for Vasquez, other trooper were there to take him out of a dangerous situation.

“Two Chicopee police officers and two state police troopers responded. They were met with gunfire,” says Mass. State Police Colonel Marian McGovern.

Police officers then fired back trying to supress the shooter but State Police trooper John Vasquez couldn’t get out of the gunfire.

“He was hit in the wrist and both legs with bullets,” says Chicopee Police Chief John Ferraro.

Witness Celenas Jimenez says, “You could see the trooper in the backseat with his head against the window and his arms and all you see is a whole bunch of blood.”

Celenas Jimenez lives on Tremont Street and saw the whole things unfold.

After the trooper went down, that’s when she says things got scary.

“You didn’t know what to think. Especially as it was a trooper that went down, so anyone else could have gone down just as easy,” says Jimenez.

Vasquez was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he is listed in good condition. He underwent surgery Friday afternoon.

Vasquez has served almost 20 years as a state trooper in western Massachusetts and is part of Springfield’s community action team.

Friday, however, he found himself in the middle of the action, trying to save lives.

“I want to thank the police department for their professional and heroic efforts this morning,” says Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette.

Vasquez is currently on medical leave from the state police.


  • http://charter DONNA

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TROOPER VAZQUEZ I WISH YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY!

  • me

    AWSOME JOB TO ALL WHO HAD TO RISK THEIR LIVES.. AND SPEEDY RECOVERY TO THE INJURED OFFICER ….

  • rs

    Hey asswipe he is not paid to get shot you
    fricken moron

  • Spike Lee

    Hey Martin,you win the most stupid comment of the day butt wipe.dude go use the toilet so you can dump your crap brains out.

  • Christine

    Thank God he’s OK and is recovering… Thanks to all of them for their service !!

  • April

    Wow michael you have got to be kidding me, ppl are not treating him like god but he definately deserves a lot of respect, would u feel differently if it was u and/or ur family he was protecting or would u rather he just drive on by and let ur pathetic ass get shot… its ppl like u and ur comments tht make it so stuff like this happens, rude and cruel

  • Heather

    This is what is wrong with today. Normal people wishing a trooper who was shot trying to protect people he does not know and we have to have people leave dumb ass comment. Please get well soon and thank you to all law enforcement for putting your lives on the line for all of us.

  • James Vasquez

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments..John is my older brother and is doing well…and michael c martin…go fuck yourself