Officer ‘fighting for his life’ after being shot in Boston

BOSTON ( — An officer is fighting for his life after being shot in Roxbury Friday.

Police say it started with a routine motor vehicle stop at about 6:40 p.m. Then an altercation broke out and shots were fired near Humboldt Avenue and Ruthven Street. An officer discharged his weapon and both an officer and suspect were shot.

Police say one suspect is dead, and other suspects may have been involved. The officer identified as 34-year-old John T. Moynihan, was shot under his eye. He was taken to the hospital and police say he is “fighting for his life” in a medically induced coma.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says Moynihan is a member of the Youth Violence Task Force and a highly decorated military vet. He was recognized as one of the best law enforcement officers in the nation last May in Washington D.C.

“When he initially came in he was responsive, but he’s heavily sedated. They basically have him in an induced coma at this time,” Evans said. “We’re not sure of the extent of the damages, they rushed him up for a cat scan and at one point he was rushed to the ER and he was taken out and he’s being monitored at this time. He’s in tough shape.”

Evans also said three other officers were taken to the hospital for stress.

Mayor Marty Walsh released the following statement Friday evening: “My thoughts and prayers are with the officer injured tonight, his family and friends and the entire Boston Police Department during this difficult time. These acts of violence have no place in our neighborhoods. Our community is stronger than ever, and tonight we are thankful for all of those who put their lives on the on the line every day to protect our city.”

There was a large presence of police officers outside the hospital Friday evening. They stood outside the hospital to show their support and respect for Moynihan.