Holyoke officer who shot at SUV identified by chief

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke’s police chief says that the officer who fired a shot at a suspect’s SUV Thursday night is a 12-year veteran of the department, in good standing.

In a news release sent to 22News, Chief James Neiswanger said that Officer James Dunn fired a shot that hit the door frame of a Ford Expedition driven by Luis Gomez. No one was hurt in the incident.

According to the chief, the incident resulted after police received reports of an armed home invasion around 9:15 P.M. 563 South Canal Street. Two Hispanic men carrying handguns were reported trying to get into an apartment where several people, including children, were inside.

Neiswanger said that an officer saw a green Ford Expedition leaving the area, and a state trooper gave out a license plate number that is believed to have belonged to that car. He says that an informant told police that the plate was correct.

Neiswanger says officers received information that members of the La Familia gang were involved in the shooting, and that the vehicle in question was behind the Lafayette Club on South Bridge Street, and that there might be weapons inside.

Police saw an Expedition matching the description and stopped it on an alleyway as it was headed toward Hamilton Street. It was during that stop that Dunn fired at the vehicle; striking the door frame near the windshield.

Gomez was arrested on a charge of driving with an expired license. A passenger in the SUV was not charged.

Neiswanger says that they are still investigating the armed home invasion, as well as another incident that happened at the same location earlier on Thursday.

Officer Dunn has been placed on administrative leave as the shooting incident is being investigated. His service weapon has also been taken away from him.

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