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Springfield Police Department Officer Kevin Ambrose was murdered while doing the most dangerous job a police officer has: attending a domestic dispute call. Ambrose, a 36-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, two children and a granddaughter.
My condolences and prayers go out to the family of Officer Kevin Ambrose as they try to come to terms with the senseless and untimely loss of their husband, father and grandfather.
My prayers also go out to Charlene Mitchell as she fights for her life in hospital, and to her family as they do whatever they can to help her in her hour of need.
The deranged murderer, Shawn Bryan, had a restraining order placed against him by his former girlfriend Charlene Mitchell. The two had been separated for 11 months according to news reports, but despite his being employed by the New York City Department of Corrections, Shawn Bryan felt violence was the only way to resolve his differences with Mitchell.
As a result a good man is dead and a woman is in hospital fighting for her life. The only upside here is that the murderer himself is dead. That fact is little consolation to the family of Kevin Ambrose or Charlene Mitchell, however.
Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet said,
“It is with great regret and remorse that I announce a Springfield police officer was killed this afternoon.”
Commissioner Fitchet related the known facts at a press conference announcing the death of Officer Ambrose.
According to Fitchet, Mitchell called 911 at 12:47 p.m. to report that she had seen her estranged boyfriend, Bryan, near her apartment in violation of a restraining order and she was in fear for her life.
The restraining order had been issued roughly 30 minutes earlier by Springfield District Court.
Fitchet said Ambrose, who was patrolling that sector of Sixteen Acres in a one-man car, was the first officer to arrive on the scene. Other cars were also responding to the scene but had not yet arrived.
When Ambrose arrived on scene, Mitchell and Bryan were outside together. After a brief discussion, Ambrose escorted Mitchell and Bryan inside to Mitchell’s apartment on the third floor. The court order allowed for Bryan to remove some of his belongings from the apartment, Fitchet said.
Once at the door to the apartment, Bryan suddenly turned violent, Fitchet said.
He shoved Mitchell inside the apartment and barricaded himself inside, Fitchet said. Ambrose tried pushing the door open from out in the hallway.
It was at that point, Fitchet said that Bryan “shot officer Ambrose through the door, striking him once,”
He then opened the door again and shot Ambrose again.
Bryan then went back inside, shot Mitchell once, and then left the building. He went to his car, got inside and shot himself in the chest.
Please contact the Springfield Police Department to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet
Springfield Police Department
130 Pearl Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 787-6302