SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Outside Springfield Police Headquarters, a single cruiser is parked in front of the building. Its lights are flashing, and the windows feature an image of badge number 7, wrapped in a black ribbon.
Seven was the badge number of Kevin Ambrose, a Springfield police officer who was killed in the line of duty exactly two years ago. The car is number 93, the cruiser that Ambrose drove to his final call.
A moment of silence was observed at Springfield police radio just after 1:00 P.M., to mark the exact point when Ambrose was killed.
Officer Ambrose died on the afternoon of June 4, 2012, after receiving a call regarding a restraining order at an apartment on Lawton Street.
A report from the District Attorney’s Office says that Shawn Bryan, a New York corrections officer, shot both his ex-girlfriend Charlene Mitchell and Officer Ambrose through the door of Mitchell’s apartment. Bryan then went out to his car and committed suicide.
Ambrose died of his wounds, while Mitchell was critically wounded, but ultimately survived.
The murder of Officer Kevin Ambrose marked the first line-of-duty death for the Springfield Police Department in nearly 27 years.