SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — One man is dead after being shot by police Wednesday.
It all began as a domestic related incident Wednesday morning, just before 6:00, on Albemarle Street.
Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that 27-year-old Ethel McCreary had gone to the home of 44-year-old Louis Squires to confront him about reportedly seeing another woman.
Delaney adds that McCreary was upset and threw a cinder block into the window of his rental car, slashed his tires, and keyed the car.
Witnesses tell police that when Squires confronted McCreary, who police say was his estranged girlfriend, he allegedly went into that car and pulled out a shotgun.
Squires then allegedly turned and started opening fire on McCreary. She ran and sought cover behind a nearby car.
As the gunfire rang out, officers were alerted to the situation after “ShotSpotter” went off indicating gunfire near 93 Albemarle Street.
Officers responded and were met by gunfire from Squires, with some bullets hitting a cruiser. They quickly retreated back up the street and called for backup, while Louis allegedly continued to fire at them.
Backup units arrived and were finally able to find McCreary, who was not injured, and move her to safety.
Delaney says that Squires then moved toward the backyards of homes on Braddock Street and continued to open fire on the officers, who returned fire.
“The officers reacted professionally and strategically making sure that citizens were not caught in any crossfire,” Delaney adds.
Squires was hit by gunfire and police were able to move in and get Squires into custody. At the same time, first aid was rendered.
Squires was taken to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
No officers were injured in the incident
The five officers involved in the shooting, whose names have not been released, are all on paid administrative leave for one week.
McCreary is set to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Springfield District Court on charges of malicious damage to a motor vehicle.
Albemarle Street remains closed while the investigation is ongoing.