Crime

Boston Police Officer Shot, Suspect Dead in Roxbury

He is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds deemed non-life threatening.


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A Boston police officer shot multiple times is expected to be OK after a violent early morning traffic stop in Roxbury Friday that left a suspect dead.

The incident began around 2:20 a.m. Friday, when a pair of officers pulled over a car driving on Gerard Street. That’s when a man inside the car fired a gun at the police officers, hitting one of them “several times” in the upper torso, before driving off, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said in a pre-dawn press conference. Police say they found the suspect, described as a man in his mid- to late-30s but not identified, inside the car a few blocks away at 90 George Street, where he was pronounced dead. A firearm was also found inside the car, Gross said.

An investigation is now underway, to be led by Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office and involving the BPD firearms discharge team, making this the city’s first officer-involved shooting to be under Rollins and Gross.

Gross says police are now canvassing the area looking for witnesses, surveillance footage, and other evidence.

The wounded officer, who Gross said had been on the force for “one or two years,” is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Boston Medical Center. Gross thanked the hospital and first-responders “for their quick response in aiding our Boston police officer.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, on scene this morning, had little to say about the incident, but said that “as the day goes on more information will be released.”