Victim of West Springfield Homicide Identified

April 6, 2016 -Springfield, MA- On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at approximately 6:18 a.m. the West Springfield Police Department responded to a 911 call for an active domestic disturbance at 24 Myron St.

Upon arrival officers knocked on the door of the residence that witnesses identified as hearing cries for help by a female but had since stopped. However, witnesses at the scene stated they could still hear footsteps emanating from the residence.

After not receiving a response from subject(s) inside the apartment, Officers sought the assistance of management, who provided a key. They attempted to open the door but the door was secured by a secondary lock. Officers then forced entry.

Once officers gained entry they were immediately confronted by a male subject armed with a large knife. Officers observed a female subject on the floor with apparent life threatening injuries. The male subject charged the officers who discharged their weapons striking and injuring the male suspect. Officers secured the subject and administered first aid to both subjects pending arrival of West Springfield Fire Department. Both were transported to Baystate Medical Center where both succumbed to their injuries.

The scene was secured and processed by the West Springfield Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.

District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni stated, “My condolences to the families and friends of the victim of this tragedy.” District Attorney Gulluni went on to say, “This is an open and on-going investigation into the death of the victim as well as into the appropriate use of force by the officers involved.”

The female victim has been identified as Renee Herbert, 45. The suspect identified as the alleged assailant, Peter Doherty, 52, was pronounced deceased after arrival to the hospital. Initial indications are the two were recently married.

This was an isolated incident. There are no other suspects currently being sought at this time.


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