Armed Standoff at Baystate Medical Center Over, Suspect Dead
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.