Two Boston police officers are in “extremely critical” condition after a man wearing body armor and armed with a high-powered rifle ambushed and shot them multiple times.
Police Commissioner William Evans said the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa, fired at the officers late Wednesday night after they arrived at an East Boston home. Several other officers who were stationed outside ran inside and exchanged fire with the gunman, according to FOX.
“Domestic calls, as you know, are probably the most volatile. You never really know what you’re walking into,” Evans said. “And I think we see right now the dangers of our job.”
The officers shot and killed Figueroa and then began giving the fallen officers first aid. Evans said one of the wounded officers was a 28-year veteran of the force and the other a 12-year veteran.
“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.
The two wounded officers — both male veterans with a combined 40 years on the force — were transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in “extremely critical” condition where they underwent blood transfusions and surgery.
Nine other officers were being treated at Tufts Medical Center.
There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect is an African American.
As is standard protocol following such events, the district attorney’s office said there would be an investigation into the use of deadly force.
“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.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined Evans at the hospital. He asked that the community “pray for our officers.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those involved.
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