Troopers Subdue Child Porn, Drug Suspect; Weapons Discharged During West Springfield Incident

Troopers Subdue Child Porn, Drug Suspect; Weapons Discharged During West Springfield Incident

Troopers Subdue Child Porn, Drug Suspect; Weapons Discharged During West Springfield Incident 

Based on intelligence obtained regarding the location of fugitive ENRIQUE GONZALEZ, 42, members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section (VFAS) and elements of the MSP Special Tactical Operations Team (STOP) — including STOP Troopers and one of the STOP Team’s canines — this morning established surveillance at the Express Inn on Riverdale Street in West Springfield. 

The purpose of their operation was to arrest GONZALEZ, a Framingham man who is the subject of two warrants: 1.) a warrant obtained from Worcester District Court charging him with photographing a child in a sexual manner, and 2.) a warrant obtained from Worcester Superior Court charging him with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, subsequent offense. 

MSP VFAS Troopers had developed further information indicating that GONZALEZ was likely armed. 

Shortly before noon, Troopers observed GONZALEZ exit the motel room directly into the parking lot and attempt to enter a parked car. As he did so, STOP Team Troopers converged and ordered him to surrender. GONZALEZ instead began to run along the sidewalk toward the rear of the motel. 

The investigation indicates that during GONZALEZ’s attempt to flee he fired a handgun at the Troopers. The Troopers returned fire, striking the suspect.

After GONZALEZ fell to the ground and was secured, two tactical medics from UMass Medical Center in Worcester — who are attached to the STOP Team to provide emergency medical support — provided emergency medical treatment to the suspect. GONZALEZ, who was conscious and alert after being shot, was stabilized and then transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. 

GONZALEZ will remain under police guard at the hospital until he is released into MSP custody.

No Troopers were injured in the incident.

Troopers from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the MSP ballistics unit responded to process the scene for physical evidence. A firearm was recovered at the scene. 

Troopers from the State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County also responded to the scene and will lead the police investigation into the incident. As with any police-involved shooting in Hampden County, District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni will oversee the investigation and review the propriety of the use of force. Any media inquiries about that investigation or the timing of the suspect’s arraignment should be directed to the district attorney’s office. 

-30-