BOSTON, Massachusetts- Police Commissioner William Evans says two Boston officers shot responding to a reported domestic situation are now in “extremely critical condition”. He says the assailant was armed with a rifle and was wearing body armor. The suspect is dead.
Evans said the suspect opened fire at the officers late Wednesday night shortly after they arrived at a residence in the East Boston neighborhood. Several other officers who were stationed outside ran inside and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
“Two of the officers dragged their fellow officers out of the line of fire so they were in a protected zone, and the officers continued to engage in a gun exchange,” WCVB Boston said in a report.
The officers shot and killed the suspect and then began administering first aid to the wounded officers, one a 28-year veteran, the other a 12-year veteran of the force.
“One officer had his hand in one of the wounds and I think that was instrumental in getting the officer down to Mass General quickly,” Evans said.
Both officers were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. The report says nine other officers were being treated at Tufts Medical Center for trauma, stress and minor injuries.
Police ordered residents to shelter in place after concerns of a second suspect. That order was later rescinded.
The police commissioner did not identify publicly the suspect or the two wounded officers.
“They ran into a firefight here, able to pull two of their officers out safely, and again unfortunately, we had to take a life in doing it,” Evans said.
The incident remains under ongoing investigation.
#BPDAlert: As incident continues to unfold in East Boston, we kindly ask our community members to pray for our injured officers.
— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) October 13, 2016