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Police Officer Kevin E. Ambrose | Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

Police Officer

Kevin E. Ambrose

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, June 4, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 36 years

Badge # 7

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Police Officer Kevin Ambrose was shot and killed while responding to reports of a domestic disturbance at the Lawton Arms Apartments on Lawton Street shortly before 1:00 pm.

A woman had called 911 to report her boyfriend, for whom a restraining order had just been issued, was at her apartment complex and that she was in fear for her life. When Officer Ambrose arrived he encountered the two outside and spoke to them. The restraining ordered allowed the male to retrieve belongings from the apartment, so Officer Ambrose escorted both subjects to the third floor unit. When they opened the apartment door the male subject suddenly turned violent, pushed the woman into the apartment, and slammed the door.

As Officer Ambrose attempted to push the door open to get into the apartment, the man fired a handgun through it, striking him. The subject then opened the door, shot him again, and then shot the woman, wounding her. He then fled to his car where he committed suicide.

Other officers responding to the initial call located Officer Ambrose and the wounded woman and immediately began CPR. Both were transported to a local hospital where Officer Ambrose succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Ambrose had served with the Springfield Police Department for 36 years and had previously served as a police cadet for two years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and one granddaughter.

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Kevin was my friend and co-worker for thirty years.I knew him first as a cadet. hard worker,no issues, self depreciating humor. great family:his dad aka Papa Smurff.his brother Marty aka long ball (golf). When i learned of his death i was living with my son Kenneth Busiere,who is an L.A.P.D officer. he was also a cadet on Springfield P.D. and also knew and liked Kevin. As i was recovering from a recent operation and unable to attend Kevin's funeral, my son said i'll go and represent us. As he was the only L.A.P.D. officer in attendance, The classy Boston P.D. adopted him into their ranks and placed him at the head od their procession. I cannot thank them enough. My son had to catch a plane the next morning to return for his shift, so was unable to see much of the family. He did this all on his own, and i'am so proud of him. i was able to get back a year later and went to the Ambose home and spent the afternoon with Marty and Papa talking and laughing about Kevin.who's courage that day was beyound a doubt. So thinking of you often kev. love buz

Ret. officer Kenneth W. Busiere
Springfield Mass. Police Dept. 1973-2002
August 29, 2015


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