Agawam man with gunshot wound dies after Holyoke car crash

  • Police and firefighters respond to a single-car crash at the intersection of Main and Spring streets in Holyoke on Friday afternoon. First responders pulled Robert James, 52, of Agawam, from the car. James had a gunshot wound and later died at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office.  HOLYOKE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Published: 11/3/2020 7:33:04 PM

HOLYOKE — An Agawam man who was involved in a car crash at the intersection of Main and Spring streets last Friday afternoon had been suffering from a gunshot wound and later died, according to police.

Robert James, 52, was pronounced dead at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after he was pulled from a car by first responders, according to the Hampden district attorney’s office. The death is considered a homicide, according to James Leydon, a spokesman for the DA’s office.

Holyoke Police and Fire departments responded to the intersection and found a victim who was unresponsive and trapped inside a car at around 12:15 p.m., Leydon said.

According to Holyoke Fire Capt. Kevin Cavagnac at the time, firefighters cut through chain link fencing that the car had come to rest against in order to remove the person from the car.

First responders discovered that the victim was suffering from a gunshot wound when he was taken out of the car, Leydon said. James was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The homicide is an on-going investigation being conducted by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Holyoke Police Department, and the Hampden District Attorney’s Office’s Murder Unit. Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and Holyoke Police Chief Manuel Febo expressed their sympathies to James’ family in the statement.

This is the fifth reported shooting death in Holyoke this year. In late July, 19-year-old Skyzen Encarnacion pleaded not guilty to the murder of 23-year-old Carlos Ruemmele near the Holyoke Mall. That same month, 43-year-old Jose Bonilla, of Holyoke, was shot to death on Suffolk Street.

Two other men were fatally shot within days of one another in January; the first being Jesus Otero Marrero, 21, of Holyoke, who was found by police the morning of Jan. 10. Police on Jan. 11 found Racquese Wright, 21, of Springfield with gunshot wounds; he later died. Three people have been charged in Marrero’s death.

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