Said SPRINGFIELD – armed suspects who opened fire on the police and subsequently put himself in Sumner Avenue convenience store early in the morning with police that had apparent suicide, police said.
Police spokesman Ryan Walsh said when officers arrived in the bathroom at Sunoco station, they discovered that the suspect was dead.
The identity of the man was not yet disclosed to the press.
Walsh said police were called to an area of 700 Sumner Avenue at about 3 a.m. after an alert from Southbridge police. It seems that the man was involved in some form of house in that town. He was reported as armed and threatened to take his own life.
Officials saw the man inside the Sunoco at 730 Sumner Ave. at the front counter. When they came into the shop and went, he pulled a gun and opened fire by officials, Walsh said. The fire officers returned and he left in the store's bathroom.
The cashier was not damaged and sent to safety.
With the suspicion of a barrier inside the bathroom and no one at risk, officials from the department's Emergency Services Unit, on a tactical team, asked to give the scene.
When tactical officers arrived in the bathroom about 90 minutes after the exchange of guns, they found the dead man. The gun was located inside the bathroom, as was a quantity of heroin, said Walsh.
The man was hit by a gun fire in the police shooting, he said.
The station remained closed Tuesday morning and closed with crime scenes tape. A police forensic van was parked inside, and the detectives could be seen searching through the accumulated snow with a metal detector.
Some markers could see evidence in the parking lot between the pump and the front door.
The incident is under investigation by the Springfield Police homicide unit and the Hampden District Solicitor's Office.