SPRINGFIELD – Massachusetts State Police shot a Framingham man, 42, at the Express Inn in West Springfield Friday afternoon, March 13, while Troopers were conducting an operation.
Massachusetts State Police were trying to arrest Enrique Gonzalez, 42, of Framingham, who was wanted on child pornography and drug charges, when he was shot.
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 inn.
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.
He will remain under police guard at the hospital until he is released into State Police 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.
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
2.) a warrant obtained from Worcester Superior Court charging him with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, subsequent offense.
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.