VIDEO: 2 Boston Officers “Extremely Critical” After Firefight at Domestic Call, Suspect Killed
Two Boston police officers were shot and critically wounded in East Boston responding to a fight between roommates last night, leaving both officers in "extremely critical" condition, Police Commissioner William B. Evans said early this morning.
The suspect, a 33-year-old man who Evans said was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and protected by ballistic body armor, was shot dead.
The shooting happened at 10:51 p.m. in Orient Heights when Boston police responding to a report of a man with a gun in a domestic dispute came under fire.
Evans said officers who entered the home on Gladstone Street were met by a "firefight."
The two officers were hit by gunfire. As shouts of "officer down" came over the airwaves, more officers poured into the home and fired back at the suspect, the Boston Herald reports.
"Officers dragged their fellow officer out of the home. ... So they were in a protective zone," Evans said. "The officers with our wounded officers were able to quickly administer first aid, apply a tourniquet. One officer had his hand in one of the wounds."
In addition to the the two critically wounded officers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Evans said that nine officers who were involved in the gunfight or helped treat the wounded officers were at Tufts Medical Center being treated for stress.