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(NECN: Eileen Curran, Springfield, Mass.) - The city of Springfield, Mass. is planning a funeral for a fallen hero.
Officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call.
The suspect then shot a woman and killed himself.
“He was just a great guy; this is a tremendous loss to this department,” said Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
Delaney remembers slain police officer Kevin Ambrose as a guy who cared for his fellow cops, even the rookies.
“I can remember when I was a rookie cop, a lot of times when you are the new guy on the block people shun you; they treat you like an outsider. He (Ambrose) didn’t. He embraced new officers; he embraced me.”
Officer Ambrose was gunned down Monday afternoon responding to a call for help at an apartment building. A resident, Charlene Mitchell, 29, had just taken out a restraining order against her boyfriend Shawn Bryan, 35, a corrections officer at Rikers Island in New York.
In the documents, Mitchell said she feared him and that Bryan had said he was crazy.
Police were called to the apartment to serve Bryan with the restraining order and to watch him as he removed his personal belongings from the apartment.
At the door, Bryan shoved Mitchell into the apartment, slammed the door shut and shot Officer Ambrose through the door.
“Our ballistics show this took place, set him back, then he was more or less shot while he was on his back,” said Delaney. “Officer Ambrose never had a chance to pull out his gun.”
Bryan then shot Mitchell with their 1-year-old daughter in the apartment.
He then went out to his car and shot himself.
Police say Officer Ambrose is the reason Mitchell is alive today.
“When I woke up this morning and found out she was in stable condition, that made me feel really good, that Officer Ambrose did his job,” said Delaney. “He’s a hero in everybody’s eyes.”
The couple’s daughter was not physically hurt in the incident. She is now with relatives.
The funeral for Officer Ambrose, who leave behind a wife, two kids and a grandchild, will be held on Friday.