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D.A. Closes Case on Ambrose’s Death with Indictment Against Shooter

Officer Kevin Ambrose

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Over five months after the shooting death of Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, a grand jury has officially placed blame of his death on a former New York Corrections Officer.

A Hampden County Superior Court Grand Jury indicted 34-year-old Shawn Bryan on Tuesday of one count of murder, for Ambrose’s death, and one count of armed assault with intent to murder against Charlene Mitchell.

On Monday, June 4, Mitchell had called for help with Bryan, her former boyfriend and father of their one-year-old child, after she was granted a restraining order earlier that morning in Springfield District Court.

Bryan was awaiting Mitchell’s return to pick up some belongings, but was unaware that a restraining order had been issued against him.

When the three got up to Mitchell’s Lawton Street apartment so that Bryan could pick up items belongings, events turned violent.

Bryan pushed Mitchell into the apartment and slammed the door behind them, leaving Ambrose out in the hallway and struggling to keep the door open.

Bryan then pulled out a handgun and shot Ambrose through the door. He then opened the door and continued firing bullets into the police officer.

A total of six bullets hit officer Ambrose.

The autopsy showed Officer Ambrose had a total of seven bullet wounds, two believed coming from the same bullet.

Investigators say that it was only about eight minutes between when Ambrose arrived on-scene and when he was first shot.

Bryan then turned the gun on Mitchell, who was pleading to not hurt her or the baby that she had in her arms. He then shot her, but according to Hampden County District Attorney, Mitchell then “played dead” in an effort to save her and her daughter.

Other officers that responded to the scene for reports of shots fired found Mitchell and Ambrose, along with Bryan who was found suffering from gunshot wounds in his parked car.

Ambrose was rushed to Baystate Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, from what the Medical Examiner’s office says were seven gunshot wounds to his face, neck, arms, and left shoulder .

The Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Ambrose’s death a homicide.

Mitchell survived the violent encounter.

Mastroianni adds that Bryan shot himself three times in the chest, with bullets perforating his heart and lung. He was also pronounced dead at Baystate and his death was ruled a suicide by the office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

With the indictments from the grand jury, Mastroianni noted that he has filed paperwork in court to “serve as official notice of Shawn Bryan’s death.”

That paperwork “concludes all investigative and prosecutorial efforts available” and concludes the case.

CLICK HERE to read the full report, indictments, and filings from Mastroianni’s office.


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