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Armed Standoff at Baystate Medical Center Over, Suspect Dead

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SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — A man who shot himself outside of Baystate Medical Center after a four-hour standoff with Springfield Police died Wednesday morning.

Springfield Police said 54 year-old Eddie Bonafe of Birch Park Circle in West Springfield was pronounced dead at 12:25 a.m. at the emergency room, outside of which he prompted a massive police response.

Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney says Bonafe shot his wife in West Springfield Tuesday night following an argument, after driving together from South Hadley. She then called the police, but officers described it as a confusing call.

After driving around for 20 minutes, Bonafe took his wife to Baystate Medical Center.

He walked his wife into the emergency room for treatment, then immediately went back outside and got into his red Fiat.

Police say Bonafe put a gun to his head and did not waiver throughout the more than four-hour standoff, except, police said, when he pointed the gun at some of the officers. Police Commissioner William Fitchet praised the work of his officers after the standoff was over.

“They showed great restraint,”  Commissioner Fitchet said. “They had many opportunities to use deadly force, he waved the gun around, pointed it at some officers, and I’m proud of the officers and the restraint they used.”

Police emphasized that no hospital patients or staff were ever in danger at any point during this incident. Bonafe’s wife received treatment and is in good condition, expected to recover. Despite a tragic end for the suspect, police say the situation was handled in the best manor possible.

“When they’re armed with a handgun, it’s very dangerous for the police,” the Commissioner added. “Its very dangerous for anybody that might be around. The location that it happened in was a very secure, dead end location. And it couldn’t have been better.”

The incident is under investigation by Springfield and West Springfield Police.

Springfield Police have not identified Bonafe’s wife and do not plan to do so. Both the Springfield Police and West Springfield police are continuing their investigation.


  • MAD2014

    There probably was a shooting, the person ended up in the ER, so they lock it down, as for the hospital yea its not the best place!

  • MAD2014

    Its not JUST in the NORTH END!!!

  • MAD2014

    Its not JUST in the NORTH END!!! SAYING THAT IS IGNORANCE!

  • MAD2014

    As for a riot , WHEN you are sick you probably go there yourself!! So I would rethink what you post!

  • tiredofthemedia

    I’m sure another outstanding spfld citizen.

  • keekaju1

    Did anyone actually watch the news cast!? Smh

  • keekaju1

    Rethinking that post is a good idea, they saved my life!

  • binderkim74

    Keekaju1- right on.. I was just thinking the same thing. It wasn’t even a Springfield resident. According to Twitter, he is in his car with a gun to his head. I’m thinking they are trying to talk him down.

  • keekaju1

    Thanks binderkim74!! I hate when people ASSUME things, he is a westside resident and you DONT know the situation! They are trying to talk him down! Hopefully his wife is ok…keeping them in our thoughts!

  • JasonNieves

    Hi im actually the son of the wife that was shot. That is my mom and yes she is fine. Shes talkin and all that. But as for my stepfather he did not really care about anyone but himself. And as for the people here talking crap is really not cool at all. If you were in this predicament you would not b talking like that. So please have a little respect for the deceased people.

  • keekaju1

    JasonNieves, I’m sorry for your loss and am very glad to hear your moms doing well! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!

  • JasonNieves

    Thank you all for your prayers and concerns

  • darkwave2013

    As for the incident, the step-dad sounded like a tool with anger management issues.

  • rdominick

    Hey fd republicans I’ll
    Meet you

  • FuKdRepUBLicAnZ

    Haha. too bad your wrong. I actually own my own buisness and have my masters. didnt think thats possibl for us. huh?

    • alpinequeen

      Too bad you never learned how to write and spell correctly, but let’s blame the educational system for that.

      • alpinequeen

        Or to put it in your pseudo ghetto speak, yOYo 2 bAD ChUUU Nevaaa LeaRnEdd Hw Taaa WriTE An’ $pell CorrectleE, bUt Let’sss BlAmEE Daa EDuCATionAL $ystEm FO” tHAt.

  • rdominick

    Haha I can’t imagine you owning your own business go online and learn how to speak lots of internet sites to help with that take care homie. Oh and stop making everything a black and white thing it might make you feel better about yourself and alpine that’s dead on own your own business lol

  • FuKdRepUBLicAnZ

    Peace out girl scouts

    • alpinequeen

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