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Autopsy Shows Pittsfield Murder Victim Died From Gunshot Wound To Head

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Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 413-448-9700.
Update: 8:19PM / Monday January 25 2016
 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The District Attorney's office say James Dominguez III died because of a gunshot wound to the head.
 
Dominguez was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning in the parking lot next to Lach's Lounge on Fenn Street. Police are still investigating what has been determined a homicide.
 
Police responded to the area of 129 Fenn Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning and found Dominguez unresponsive in the parking lot. First responders tried to revive him with CPR but was unable to do so. He was then transported to Berkshire Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.
 
On Monday, the preliminary autopsy from the association medical examiner Robert Welton in Holyoke determined the cause of the death was that of a gunshot wound to the head.
 

Original Post: 10:02AM / Saturday January 23, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating what appears to be a murder after a Springfield man was found dead on Fenn Street early Saturday morning.

 
The district attorney's office say at about 1:30 a.m. police responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive man near 129 Fenn Street —  near Lach's Lounge, across the street from City Hall, and less than 100 yards from the police station.
 
Officers found 30-year-old James Dominguez III laying on the ground and first responders were unable to revive him. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
 
Police suspect the Springfield man was murdered and are seeking information pertaining to the events leading to his death. An autopsy will be conducted by the chief medical examiner in Holyoke to determine the cause of death but a time has not yet been scheduled.
 
Police are asking for anyone with information to call them at 413-448-9700.
 
According to Berkshire Superior Court records, Dominguez III pleaded guilty seven weeks ago to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
 
Those charges related to a search warrant executed on Columbus Avenue on September 25, 2014. He was arrested with two other Springfield men in that raid which police seized 300 bags of heroin, around 50 grams of cocaine, and $4,000 cash. 
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent 261-day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction, which was time he already served awaiting the outcome of the case.
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