LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Police believe a man shot himself after shooting at a house on Helena Street during a domestic dispute Sunday night.
A woman along with her two teenage children and a niece were able to escape without injuries.
Sgt. Michael Brennan of the Ludlow Police Department told 22News that officers were initially called to the home at 24 Helena Street at 6:23 p.m. for the report of gunshots being fired by neighbors and a resident.
A woman at the home had called 911 and reported it was her estranged husband shooting a gun at the house.
The woman, two children and niece were barricaded inside a room in the single story ranch.
The husband shot a handgun at least 10 times at the front and back of the house but he never made it inside, Sgt. Brennan said.
Sgt. Brennan was one of the first officers to arrive and help the woman, two children and niece escape through a front window.
The man shot himself before police made contact with him and was found dead in the back of the house, Sgt. Brennan said.
The man’s name is not being released at this point.
Sgt. Brennan said that there was a history of domestic disputes at the home, but police are still investigating the specific motive behind the shooting.
Sgt. Brennan said the four family members that escaped were very lucky not to be injured.
Ludlow Police, the fire department, the State Police, as well as police from Wilbraham and Chicopee were all called to help in the investigation.
Helena Street was closed for a couple of hours during the investigation and re-opened around 9:30 p.m.