Boston police officer shot multiple times while responding to robbery in stable condition

“While most of us were home with our families, or out spending time with friends on a Friday night, a Boston police officer was shot while protecting his city.”

By Chris Van Buskirk
Boston Herald

BOSTON — A Boston cop remained in stable condition Saturday morning after being shot multiple times Friday night while responding to a robbery, a department spokesman said.

The officer experienced non-life-threatening injuries and was being treated at Boston Medical Center, where two other officers who were injured Friday night while responding to the situation were also taken. The other two officers were treated and released from hospital care, a department spokesman said.

A department spokesman declined to name the officer and said more information would be released later on Saturday. A suspect has not been identified by police but one has been taken into custody, police said.

A Boston Medical Center spokesperson referred questions on Saturday to the Boston Police Department.

At a Friday night press conference held at nearly 11:30 p.m. outside Boston Medical Center, Police Commissioner Michael Cox said a suspect shot the officer “multiple times” and was promptly arrested by the two other responding officers, who were also injured but not from gunfire.

Cox said the officer worked in Roxbury’s B-2 District and was responding to a robbery. Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said the officer was also an employee of his office.

“This just goes to show the difficult work that officers deal with daily,” Cox said.

Mayor Michelle Wu said Friday night that she is “just so relieved and grateful to know that the office is safe.”

Police officers face dangers every day and every night when they show up to work, said Massachusetts State Police Colonel John Mawn.

“While most of us were home with our families, or out spending time with friends on a Friday night, police officers and troopers were at work, a Boston police officer was shot while protecting his city,” Mawn said in a statement. “The members of the Massachusetts State Police hope and pray for the officer’s speedy and full recovery.”

Policing is a dangerous job, Mawn said, and through May 31, 166 officers have been shot in the line of duty across the United States, 20 of them fatally. In the first week of June, three officers were killed by gunfire, Mawn said.

“We must acknowledge, also, that no officer or trooper assumes these risks in a vacuum,” he said. “As a law enforcement officer leaves his or her home each day to confront the unexpected, the worries and concerns — as well as the dedication and resolve — of those who love them go with them.”

The Boston Herald’s Joe Dwinell contributed reporting.

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