For Immediate Release - January 05, 2015

Chatham Police Department Incident

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that at approximately 4am, January 1, 2015 a Chatham Police Officer on duty in a marked cruiser ran over what was later determined to be a human body in the middle of Crowell Road. Chatham Police requested the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney's office investigates the matter.

The preliminary investigation shows head trauma consistent with the body being struck while prone.

The victim has been identified as Garret Gagne, DOB 8-11-92, of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Mr. Gagne, 22, was in Chatham with friends to celebrate First Night.

Officer Christopher Vardakis who was operating the cruiser is a two year veteran of the Chatham Police Department. The officer is presently on leave during the pendency of the investigation.

The matter remains under investigation by The District Attorney's Office, State Police, and the Medical Examiner’s Office.