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Mass. police officer fatally shot on domestic call by NYC correction officer, authorities say

This undated photo provided by the Springfield, Mass., Police Department shows officer Kevin Ambrose, who was shot and killed Monday, June 4, 2012 while responding to a domestic violence call. Police said New York City correction officer Shawn Bryan, of Hempstead, N.Y., shot the Ambrose through the door of his ex-girlfriend's apartment, shot the girlfriend and then fatally shot himself outside in a car. AP Photo/Springfield Police Department

Kevin Ambrose
AP Photo/Springfield Police Department

(CBS/AP) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Authorities say a western Massachusetts police officer responding to a domestic violence call Monday was fatally shot by a New York City corrections officer who critically wounded his former girlfriend before killing himself.

Police say Officer Kevin Ambrose went to the woman's Springfield apartment Monday after she called 911 to say her ex-boyfriend was nearby and she feared for her life.

Springfield police say Hempstead, N.Y. resident Shawn Bryan shot the Officer Ambrose through the door of his ex-girlfriend's apartment, shot the girlfriend and then shot himself outside in a car.

Bryan had worked at the Rikers Island correctional facility. His ex-girlfriend is hospitalized in critical condition.

Relatives, friends and colleagues have gathered at the Ambrose family's home in western Massachusetts to offer support to the officer's widow and two children. Abrose served as a Springfield police officer for 36 years. His brother also is a member of the department.

Authorities have said Bryan's estranged girlfriend, Charlene Mitchell, had just gotten a restraining order against him before the deadly encounter began Monday afternoon.

She wrote in a court affidavit that Bryan, the father of her 1-year-old child, always had told her he was "crazy."

The 29-year-old Mitchell said Bryan told her that he was going to make her wish she hadn't been born and that he was a man who made people get on their knees.

New York City corrections officials said Bryan last worked at the Rikers Island jail on Saturday and was due back for another shift Tuesday. The department says it's "shocked and saddened" by what happened.

  • Crimesider Staff

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