BOSTON (AP) — Three Boston police officers were shot and a suspect shot and killed during a standoff in the city’s Dorchester neighborhood.
Acting Police Commissioner Gregory Long said the police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting Tuesday and were taken to a hospital.
One of those officers was released from the hospital Tuesday night. He was greeted by applause and a salute from his brothers and sisters in blue who lined the street outside.
Long said officers first responded to the apartment building at about 9:30 a.m. for a report of a person with a gun.
Negotiations with the suspect barricaded in a home had gone on for more than five hours when gunfire erupted.
“A some point during that, they were still speaking with the individual, unexpectedly he just fired upon the officers,” Long said.
The suspect, whose identity has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Tuesday’s standoff comes just days after a Boston police officer was stabbed while responding to a domestic violence call in Dorchester.
“This highlights the danger the men and women of this department face every day that they put on this uniform, and I can’t say enough about the professionalism, courage and bravery that the officers show every day,” Long said.
Mayor-elect Michelle Wu said she has been briefed on the situation, writing on Twitter, “my prayers are with the injured officers, their loved ones & those in our community who have had to face violence & trauma in our neighborhoods in the past week.”
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said his thoughts and prayers are with the injured officers and their loved ones.
“We are grateful for all the men and women in law enforcement who serve our Commonwealth and put their lives on the line each day,” Gov. Baker said.
Police say the investigation into the standoff is ongoing.