State Police Release Identity Of Springfield Driver Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

Massachusetts State Police have released the identity of a Springfield man they say was shot and killed by a trooper over the weekend during a highway traffic stop.

State Police spokesman David Procopio says a trooper observed a BMW speed past his cruiser on Interstate 91 South early Sunday morning. After pulling the vehicle over at the entrance to I-291 East, Procopio says there was a struggle between the trooper and the driver, who’s been identified as 23-year-old Wayne Edwards II.

“During that altercation, the trooper discharged his service weapon. As a result of that discharge, the suspect, operator of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at Baystate Medical Center,” Procopio says.

Procopio would not comment on what sparked the altercation, saying the incident was now under review.

“That investigation will entail witness statements, physical evidence and medical evidence. And ultimately will be reviewed by the District Attorney who will, as in all cases of deadly force, rule as to whether the use of force by the trooper was appropriate given the circumstances,” Procopio says.

Procopio says the probe will also look into the ownership of two loaded handguns with their serial numbers removed that were later found in Edwards’ vehicle. He says a female passenger who sustained a cut to her arm while getting out of the car following the shooting was treated and released from hospital.  Police are not releasing her name or that of the trooper involved.