Baystate standoff suspect died in the ER

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield police have released the name of a man who they say shot his wife and then led police on a four-hour long standoff that put Baystate Medical Center’s emergency department on lockdown, before taking his own life.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney identified the man as Eddie Bonafe, 54, of West Springfield.

According to Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet, the standoff ended around 12:05 Wednesday morning.

Delaney says that Bonafe had shot himself in the head while inside his car in the parking lot outside the Baystate Medical Center Emergency Room.  Officers rushed to the car and performed first aid right away, and rushed him inside to the Baystate ER Trauma Unit where they determined he was dead at 12:23 a.m.

No shots were fired by police; Springfield and West Springfield negotiators attempted to talk him down, “but the situation ended tragically,” Commissioner Fitchet said.

Delaney told 22News late Tuesday night that the Emergency Room at Baystate Medical Center was on partial lock down after Bonafe shot his wife in West Springfield and brought her to the hospital.

Sgt. Delaney said after an argument on Piper Road in West Springfield, around 7:30 Tuesday night, Bonafe shot his wife while driving a car. He drove her to the Baystate ER, but did not enter the hospital.

The wife, whose name is not being released, told police that she thought she was in a car accident and called 911, said Sgt. Delaney. She did not realize that she had been shot.

Delaney says that after dropping off his wife, Bonafe stayed in a small red Fiat parked in the ER parking lot. He was seated in a car with a gun to his head, distraught over the shooting and stating he was going to kill himself.

Springfield police surrounded the car and tried to negotiate with him. The hospital’s emergency room was on partial lockdown as a precaution, it was business as usual in the rest of the hospital.

Baystate Security Director Tom Lynch told 22News that all of their patients and staff were safe and ambulances continued to flow in and out of the hospital.

The wife is in stable condition, and suffered one gun shot wound. She is expected to be okay.

Springfield Police are investigating "a potentially violent situation" outside the Baystate Medical Center ER.
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