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DA: Man dies in exchange of gunfire with police near MGM Springfield casino

The MGM Springfield casino from State Street.
Heather Brandon
The MGM Springfield casino from State Street.

A man accused of acting aggressively toward others at the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, died early Saturday after being chased by and exchanging gunfire with police.

According to prosecutors, members of the Massachusetts State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit and the Springfield Police Department responded around 2 a.m. to reports of a 48-year-old man behaving aggressively and possibly carrying a gun at MGM Springfield.

Officers chased him on foot after he left the casino, and he was shot during an exchange of gunfire with police, the Hampden County District Attorney's office said.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he died. The victim’s name has not been released, and the death is being investigated by the prosecutor’s office and state and city police.

“The investigation will rely on nationally-recognized best practices for conducting an impartial and transparent investigation into what led to a police officer’s use of deadly force, resulting in a death,” the office of Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said in a statement.

The office gave no expected timeline for the investigation to conclude, but said it will "move expeditiously in order to provide all those concerned and the public with clear and objective findings."

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