A domestic disturbance turned deadly early Wednesday morning in Springfield after police shot and killed a man who had allegedly started shooting at his girlfriend.
Police responded to Albemarle Street after 911 calls came in for shots being fired.
When police arrived on scene, they said 44-year-old Louis Squires began shooting at them, and that's when things quickly escalated.
Police tape and crime scene markers littered Albemarle Street.
"I think it's getting a little too close to home now and it's kind of scary," said resident Lily Ponder.
Police said it was a domestic-related incident involving Squires and 27-year-old Ethel McCreary that led up to the shoot out.
"She went to the home and began accusing him of sleeping around. She was enraged," said Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.
McCreary then left the home and began vandalizing Squires' car.
Police said she smashed the windows, slashed the tires and keyed the side of the vehicle.
According to police, that's when Squires retrieved a shotgun from the car and began firing at McCreary.
"Miraculously she did not get hurt," said Delaney.
The gunfire did not stop there.
When police arrived on scene, Squires began shooting at them and then took off running through neighborhood backyards.
"The 44-year-old man turned, began shooting at the officers and hit the car twice," explained Delaney.
Police eventually surrounded Squires on Braddock Street, where he continued to fire at them.
That's when Delaney said officers were forced to fire back.
"More gunfire was exchanged and during the gunfire, the 44-year-old victim was shot," said Delaney.
Squires was brought to Baystate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
McCreary is facing charges for malicious damage to a motor vehicle for damages done to Squires' car.
Residents who knew Squires said they're surprised to even hear he was involved.
"You know, it's kind of sad. I never heard anything bad about the kid. He was always kind and nice," said Ponder
All officers involved in Wednesday's incident were placed on paid administrative leave.
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