BOSTON (CBS) – Three Boston police officers are recovering after they were shot in a multi-hour standoff in Dorchester on Tuesday. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening. Police said the suspect, who was shot dead by officers, has died.
According to WBZ-TV I-Team sources, the officers were wearing body armor and at least two were wounded in the legs. One of the officers was released from the hospital on Tuesday evening.
Acting Boston Police Commissioner Gregory Long said officers went to a three-story home on Ferndale Street to make a 911 call around 9:30 a.m. It was reported that someone with a pistol threatened people inside.
The neighborhood was closed as many officers and rapid response trucks were called in.
Long said the negotiations lasted five to six hours.
“Sometimes this afternoon during those negotiations, the person shot the officers and they beat three officers at the scene. As a result of the shooting, the officers on the scene responded by firing at the suspect. The suspect was hit by multiple gunshots and appeared at the scene.” “They were still talking to the individual and unexpectedly the officers were shot.”
The officers were inside the house at the time of the shooting.
i-Team sources said the unidentified gunman, who was in his 30s, had a long history of mental health issues. Convicted of assault with intent to murder in 2001, charged as a professional criminal, he spent more than a decade in prison.
Julie Clark lives in the building, knows the man and says he was threatening to kill people during an ongoing altercation.
“I told him to leave, and he pulled out a gun and put it to his brother’s head,” Clark said.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tweeted that she has been briefed on the situation.
“My thoughts are with the injured officers, their loved ones, and those in our community who have faced violence and trauma in our neighborhoods in the past week,” books.
At least two of the injured officers were taken to Boston Medical Center. Cruisers and officers lined the berth outside the emergency department. Dozens of Boston police officers saluted as one officer was pulled from the trauma center Tuesday night. Applause erupted as the unknown officer was escorted into a car and escorted home.
“When you see something like what happened today, it really does lead to the sacrifice that these men and women are making,” said WBZ-TV security analyst Ed Davis.
Governor Charlie Baker said his thoughts and prayers were with the injured officers and their loved ones. “We are grateful to all the men and women in law enforcement who serve the Commonwealth and put their lives on the line every day,” Baker said.
“In the past three days, several Boston police officers have been stabbed and shot by individuals. 911 calls, they responded to those calls. So Rachel Rollins, a Suffolk County District Attorney, who spoke from the scene while being harassed by someone standing near you, said, “So Just remember that being a police officer is very difficult.”
She said she was able to sit with the injured officers in the hospital. “They were grateful, I think, but many of them feel underappreciated, quite frankly,” Rollins said.
employment Saturday night, stabbed a Boston police officer while answering a domestic violence call on Ingleside Street in Dorchester.