BRAINTREE, Mass. (WPRI) — Two officers were rushed to the hospital after they were both shot during a manhunt in Braintree Friday afternoon, according to Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois.
Dubois said the officers, who he did not identify, were two of several who responded to an apartment complex near McCusker Drive for reports of a domestic incident.
The search began after officers on scene were told that a man had run off into a wooded area with two handguns, Dubois said.
Three police officers, including a K9 handler, were ambushed by the suspect during the search, Dubois said. The suspect shot two of the officers and the K9 multiple times during what Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey described as a “fire fight.”
The two officers were carried out of the woods and rushed to area hospitals, Dubois said. Both are in surgery and are expected to recover from their injuries.
“We think things are going well, but say a little prayer,” Morrissey said.
Morrissey said the suspect, identified only as a man in his 30s, was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and later died from his injuries.
The K9, a 12-year veteran of the force, was pronounced dead at the scene. Dubois described the dog, named Kitt, as “incredible and very successful.”
“It’s tragic for us,” Dubois said. “It’s heartbreaking.”
“The dog had a ton of experience with its handler,” Morrissey added. “They were an awesome pair.”
Officers draped Kitt’s body in an American flag before carrying the dog out of the woods. Several officers on scene lined up and saluted Kitt as the dog was placed into a cruiser and transported to a nearby animal hospital.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing at this time.