DA: Escaped Prisoner Shoots 2 Officers In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD (CBS) – An escaped prisoner shot a State Trooper and a Springfield police officer on Saturday, before being shot himself, according to the D.A.   The officers were both wearing bullet-proof vests and are expected to survive.

Around noon on Saturday, officials said someone walked into a barber shop and shot two people.  One of those victims was killed.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports from Springfield

Tamik Kirkland, who escaped from a prison in Shirley this week is a suspect in that shooting. Investigators say they do not know the motive, but confirm that Kirkland’s mother was injured in a shooting last week. They acknowledge the possibility that Saturday’s barber shop shooting may have been a revenge-killing.

tamik kirkland DA: Escaped Prisoner Shoots 2 Officers In Springfield

Tamik Kirkland (photo courtesy: Dept. of Correction)

Officers say shortly after the shooting, they received a tip that the shooter was in a nearby house.  They witnessed Kirkland leaving that house and jumping into the trunk of a car in the driveway.

Police surrounded the car and pulled out the driver.  At that point, the trunk was popped and Kirkland started shooting.

Police are not identifying the officers but say both are expected to survive.

Officers returned fire and shot Kirkland, who was taken to the hospital, and is in critical condition and under a heavy police guard.

Police say the driver, a woman, and a 6-month-old child, who was still in the car, were both treated for minor injuries.

According to police, Kirkland is known to be affiliated with the Maynard Street Posse street gang.

  • Lee

    Errrrr WBZTV, how about waiting to be sure before connecting Kirkland to this incident ?

    You’re not being smart journalists

    • nomatter

      “Police have not identified the shooter either, but WBZ-TV has learned that officials are looking into whether it may be Tamik Kirkland, who escaped from a prison in Shirley this week.”

      Reading comprehension skills a bit off today?

    • BOB

      The cops open the trunk of a car and the guy in the trunk starts shooting. Seems guilty to me! But maybe not.

  • rick

    Escaped from a prison in Shirley? You can’t be serious. I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!

  • Mikey

    I certainly hope this oxygen thief dies.

  • casey

    I don’t think this sort of thing happened today in England or Sweden where guns rarely get into the hands of dangerous, violent, drug dealing felons.

    • Diogenes

      You don’t have a clue what is going on in the cities in England these days, do you?

  • Steve Lucas

    How did ths pile of dirt get min, security?

  • Liz

    WBZ.. I love your station, but I am really getting sick and tired of your spelling goofs. Do you guys use spell check or have an editor? In your third paragraph it says “movite” instead of “motive.”

    Please check your work.

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  • emom

    Another dirtbag allowed to wonder loose,, yeah the system so NOT protects the REAL INNOCENTS.. yeah what next …never mind I really do not want to guess on that one,, I think I will wait for the bone eaded surprise of our wonderfull systemmmm,,,

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