Boston police officer shot, suspect killed during traffic stop
BOSTON — A suspect in a traffic stop opened fire on police on Friday evening and seriously wounded an officer before being killed by other officers at the scene, CBS Boston reported. An apparent bystander also was shot.
The wounded officer, identified as 34-year-old John Moynihan, was shot just below his right eye and was in critical condition in an induced coma fighting for his life at a hospital, police Commissioner William Evans said.
Other officers returned fire and killed the suspect at the scene, Evans said. A woman at the scene suffered a flesh wound to her right arm and was in good spirit, and three other officers were taken to a hospital with stress-related problems, he said. The names of the other officers, the suspect and the wounded woman weren't immediately released.
Moynihan, a six-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, is a member of the Youth Violence Task Force and a highly decorated military veteran, Evans said.
According to CBS Boston, Moynihan is a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and was honored at the White House in May 2014 as a recipient of the National Association of Police Organizations TOP COPS award.
BPD Lt. Michael McCarthy said Moynihan was one of the first responders in Watertown following the April 2013 gunbattle with the Boston Marathon bombers and helped save the life of transit police Officer Richard Donohue, who was shot in the leg and nearly bled to death.
"The officer here is in tough shape, but we're all pulling for him, and hopefully he'll pull through," Evans said. "His family's with him, the clergy has been here and… let's pray for him."
Evans said the police officers, part of a gang unit, pulled the vehicle over for a routine stop. One of three people in the car got out, opened fire on the officers and was killed, he said.
Witnesses told CBS Boston they heard 10-20 gunshots.
"I heard multiple gunshots," Rajon Porter said. "At first I thought it was like an AK (assault rifle) or something. That's how loud it sounded."
"This had to be a gun battle between the cops and whoever else," Porter said.
Police were interviewing the other two people in the car, Evans said, adding that it was too early to say whether criminal charges would be filed against them.
Such shootings are rare in Boston, but firearms are a major concern in the city, the commissioner said.
"We've got way too many guns out there, way too many young kids running around with the guns," he said, "and unfortunately this is what happens."
Mayor Marty Walsh said his thoughts and prayers were with the injured officer, his family and the police department.
"These acts of violence have no place in our neighborhoods," Walsh said. "Our community is stronger than ever, and tonight we are thankful for all of those who put their lives on the on the line every day to protect our city."