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Palmer Armed Robbery Update

Police investigators with the Office of Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni and the Palmer Police Department have released the identity of a man who was shot dead on Sunday during an attempted armed robbery on Calkins Road in Palmer.

48-year-old Springfield resident Benny Flores has been named as the individual who was shot after attempting to commit an armed robbery at a home located at 1180 Calkins Road.

Officers in the Palmer Police Department arrived to the residence just before 6 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a call about a possibly fatal shooting and home invasion where they found Flores who had suffered an apparent gunshot.

Flores was transported to Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer where he was pronounced deceased.

During the course of their investigation Police and Investigators with the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit Assigned to the Office of Anthony Gulluni arrested 21-year-old Dimitri Bryant, the resident of the address, on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana after more than 20 pounds of marijuana, valued at over $32,000, and other THC products were found in the home after a warrant was issued to search the premises.

A possible accomplice of the robbery, 39-year-old Palmer resident Samuel Comstock, was taken into custody as well for unrelated warrants and for possession of an illegal shotgun that was found in his home by police.

Investigators are currently seeking the public's assistance in helping to apprehend a second possible accomplice, 36-year-old Springfield resident Freddy Rosario, who remains at large.

Rosario was last seen driving a a black 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck with a Massachusetts license plate of 6JM113.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the district attorney's office, 413 505-5993; the Palmer Police Department, 413 283-8792. Or, Text-a-Tip by texting the word CRIMES (2-7-4-6-3-7) and type the word SOLVE into the body of the message followed by the tip.

The investigation is still considered ongoing by law enforcement officials and further updates will be provided as information is made available.
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