A 23-year-old Springfield man who was fatally shot by a state trooper assigned to the Springfield Barracks just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday has been identified as Wayne Edwards II.
Massachusetts State Police told CBS 3 that the trooper was conducting a traffic stop in I-291 southbound, in the vicinity of Exit 8. During the traffic stop, an altercation ensued between Edwards and the trooper.
State police said Edwards became combative after being asked for his license and registration. A physical altercation ensued and the trooper fired his weapon during the altercation, striking the driver.
Following the discharge of the service weapon, the trooper reported his situation while returning to his vehicle. Edwards drove away, but his car crashed into the Exit 2 protection barrier on I-291 about two-tenths of a mile later.
Edwards was taken to Baystate Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
A 22-year-old Springfield woman was a passenger in the vehicle. Police said she received a laceration on her upper arm as she exited the vehicle during the altercation.
She was also taken to Baystate Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Police said they discovered a loaded .25-caliber handgun on the driver's seat of the suspect's car, as well as a loaded .40-caliber handgun under the driver's seat. Both guns had obliterated serial numbers.
The trooper has been placed on administrative leave for several days. State police are not releasing his name, but he joined the department in 2012 after graduating from the most recent academy class.
The incident is under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and the Hampden District Attorney's Office.
Edwards did have a record in Springfield. An article by our media partner Masslive and The Republican revealed that back in 2007 Edwards pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of manslaughter.
And, we have confirmed with the Springfield police department that Edwards was arrested back in May of this year for selling PCP in a school zone.
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