Suspect reportedly ends shootout by taking own life in gas station bathroom

📸Google Street View image of Sunoco gas station at 730 Sumner Avenue in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD — A domestic disturbance in the overnight hours led to a brief shootout with police and ended with a suicide, according to press reports.

Media outlets in Springfield have reported the officer-involved shooting stemmed from an incident that began in Southbridge late Monday night. As first reported by the Springfield Republican, and subsequently Western Mass News, the Southbridge Police Department issued a “be on the lookout” advisory after a local domestic disturbance involving a man believed to be armed and threatening to take his own life. The man’s identity has not been released to the press by authorities.

Having received the notice from police in Southbridge, officers in Springfield were dispatched to the area of 700 Sumner Avenue around 3 a.m., Springfield Police Department spokesman Ryan Walsh told the Springfield media on Tuesday morning.

According to media reports, officers located the suspect near the entrance of a Sunoco gas station at 730 Sumner Avenue. As police approached, the man reportedly drew a gun and began firing at officers, Walsh told the Springfield media. Police returned fire and the suspect retreated into a gas station bathroom.

Walsh told reporters that when the Springfield Police Department’s emergency services unit responded to the scene, they entered the bathroom and found the suspect dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Western Mass News quoted Walsh as saying, “The man’s firearm and heroin was located inside the bathroom.” Springfield media also reported, citing the police spokesman, the suspect had been struck by police gunfire. No police officers were injured in the incident, Walsh reported.

The officer-involved shooting remains under investigation by Springfield Police and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.

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