State Police arrest 2 in Agawam connected to Easthampton Investigation

AGAWAM, Mass (WWLP) – Tuesday night was busy for Massachusetts State Police who were assisting Easthampton Police in one investigation, and ended up cornering two apparently unrelated shooting suspects in Holyoke.

State Trooper Todd Nolan told 22News that State Police stopped a car carrier truck unit on River Road in Agawam as part of an “agency assist” to the Easthampton Police at about 4:55 p.m. Tuesday.

“We stopped the car carrier in Agawam,  took two subjects into custody and brought them back to Easthampton P.D.,” said Trooper Nolan.  “It’s part of a long term Easthampton investigation.”  Trooper Nolan did not know what the investigation concerned, except that the troopers involved were tied to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.

Trooper Nolan told 22News that, after turning the Agawam arrests over to Easthampton police, they responded to a call for help finding two shooting suspects in Holyoke.  The State Police saw the suspect car driving away, and gave chase.  The pursuit ended when the suspect’s car crashed at the intersection of Chapin and Gates Streets.

Trooper Nolan said the State Police investigators were also involved in the arrests of the shooting suspects, and turned them over to Holyoke Police.

Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert had told 22News earlier that police seized a semi-automatic pistol that the suspects tossed as they tried to run away, and that a shooting victim had suffered a wound to his neck on Appleton Street.  The victim was expected to survive.

Stay with 22News and WWLP.com as we develop information in these two investigations.

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