Police Officer Kevin Ambrose Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts End of Watch: Monday, June 4, 2012

Police Officer Kevin Ambrose | Springfield Police Department, MassachusettsSpringfield Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer Kevin Ambrose

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts
End of Watch: Monday, June 4, 2012

Biographical Info

Age:
Tour of Duty: 36 years
Badge Number: 7

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 4, 2012
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Police Commissioner William J. Fitchet
Springfield Police Department
130 Pearl Street
Springfield, MA 01105
Phone: (413) 787-6302

Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the Lawton Arms Apartments on Lawton Street shortly after 1:00 pm.
The subject also killed a female at the scene before committing suicide.
Officer Ambrose had served with the Springfield Police Department for 36 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one grandchild.

 

SPRINGFIELD — A long-time city Police officer was killed in the line of duty Monday afternoon when a call for a domestic dispute turned deadly violent as a 35-year-old New York man opened fire on the officer, shot his estranged girlfriend, and then turned the gun on himself.

Officer Kevin Ambrose, a member of the department for 36 years, died of multiple gunshots after he was shot just before 1 p.m. in the third-floor hallway of an apartment at 90 Lawton St.

The 29-year-old resident of the apartment, Charlene Mitchell, was fighting for her life Monday night at Baystate Medical Center for a single gunshot injury. The suspected shooter, Shawn Bryan of Hempstead, N.Y., died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest, police said.

Bryan had been employed as a correctional officer with the New York City
Department of Corrections on Rikers Island. He and Mitchell had been estranged for about 11 months. He was also the father of her 1-year-old daughter, according to court records.

In a somber press briefing Monday night outside Springfield Police Headquarters, Ambrose was lauded as a someone who served the city faithfully for 36 years as a police officer and 38 years overall.

“It is with great regret and remorse that I announce a Springfield police officer was killed this afternoon,” said Police Commissioner William Fitchet.

District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni recalled his experiences with officer Ambrose was an honor and a privilege.

“He served as a hero; his career choice made him a hero. His actions today made him a hero,” he said.

He asked people to keep in their thoughts Ambrose family and friends as they deal with their loss and grief.

He also asked people to hold in their thoughts and prayers Mitchell as she fights for her life.

The briefing was held in front of the memorial to fallen officers.

Ambrose is the first officer to die in the line of duty since officers Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard were gunned down during a routine traffic stop on Nov. 12 1985.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno spoke briefly to extend his condolences to Ambrose’s family.

Visibly shaken and subdued, Sarno in a voice that was at times barely audible, lauded the fallen officer as a man “who wore his badge with honor and integrity, and served our city with a tremendous amount of pride and passion.”

He said all of Springfield shares the feelings of loss of “this remarkable officer,” and mourns alongside his family.

The 29-year-old resident of the apartment, Charlene Mitchell, was fighting for her life Monday night at Baystate Medical Center for a single gunshot injury. The suspected shooter, Shawn Bryan of Hempstead, N.Y., died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest, police said.

Bryan had been employed as a correctional officer with the New York City
Department of Corrections on Rikers Island. He and Mitchell had been estranged for about 11 months. He was also the father of her 1-year-old daughter, according to court records.

In a somber press briefing Monday night outside Springfield Police Headquarters, Ambrose was lauded as a someone who served the city faithfully for 36 years as a police officer and 38 years overall.

“It is with great regret and remorse that I announce a Springfield police officer was killed this afternoon,” said Police Commissioner William Fitchet.

District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni recalled his experiences with officer Ambrose was an honor and a privilege.

“He served as a hero; his career choice made him a hero. His actions today made him a hero,” he said.

He asked people to keep in their thoughts Ambrose family and friends as they deal with their loss and grief.

He also asked people to hold in their thoughts and prayers Mitchell as she fights for her life.

The briefing was held in front of the memorial to fallen officers.

Ambrose is the first officer to die in the line of duty since officers Michael Schiavina and Alain Beauregard were gunned down during a routine traffic stop on Nov. 12 1985.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno spoke briefly to extend his condolences to Ambrose’s family.

Visibly shaken and subdued, Sarno in a voice that was at times barely audible, lauded the fallen officer as a man “who wore his badge with honor and integrity, and served our city with a tremendous amount of pride and passion.”

He said all of Springfield shares the feelings of loss of “this remarkable officer,” and mourns alongside his family.

Other police responding to the scene found Ambrose in the hallway suffering from what Fitchet said were “multiple gun shot wounds” and attempted CPR.

They also found Mitchell inside the apartment. Both were rushed by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center. Ambrose was pronounced dead at the hospital while Mitchell Monday night remained in critical condition following emergency surgery, Fitchet said.

Officers conducted a search of the immediate area and found Bryan inside his car. They attempted first aid at the scene and rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, Fitchet said.

Fitchet said police recovered the handgun believed to have been used in the shootings inside the car with Bryan.

The case remains open and under investigation, Fitchet said.

Ambrose was hired by the Springfield police in 1976. Before he was appointed to the department, he spent two years as a police cadet, bringing his total service to the city to 38 years, Fitchet said.

During his time on the job, he worked as a patrol officer during all three shifts. He also worked in records, the traffic bureau and served in the detective bureau. Several times, he had received commendations for meritorious service.

He is survived by wife Carla, two children and a granddaughter.

Fitchet said funeral arrangements were incomplete as of Monday night.

 

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) –

Officer Kevin Ambrose spent more than three decades as an officer for the Springfield Police Department. On Monday, those who knew him remembered the hero who died protecting the people whom he served.

"I’d just like to have everyone in the city remember Officer Ambrose and what our men and women in blue do each and every day," Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said.

Ambrose, a 36-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department, dedicated his life to help others.

"He served as a hero, his career choice made him a hero, his actions today made him a hero, he will remain in our thoughts always," said Hampden County D.A. Mark Mastroianni.

Emotions ran high during Monday evening’s press conference as city officials remembered the officer, husband, father of two and grandfather of one.

"He carried his badge with integrity and honor," said Sarno. "We mourn his passing."

Ambrose spent a total of 38 years serving the city, starting as a cadet and working his way up at the department.

On Monday, Ambrose gave the ultimate sacrifice for his job. His name joins the four other Springfield officers shot and killed in the line of duty.

"We grieve this remarkable officer," Sarno said. "The whole city mourns the loss of Officer Kevin Ambrose."

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1 Response to “Police Officer Kevin Ambrose Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts End of Watch: Monday, June 4, 2012”


  1. 1 Alberta Voyles June 5, 2012 at 14:05

    Condolences to the family of Officer Ambrose and to the people of Springfield, prayers for Ms. Mitchell that she pulls through this terrible tragedy.


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