Police Officers Wounded After Intense Standoff

Police Officers Wounded After Intense Standoff

(TargetLiberty.org) – Three Boston police officers were shot on Tuesday, after a gunman took his own family hostage. One of the cops is still in the hospital, but expected to survive.

Just after 9 a.m. on November 9, Boston police responded to reports of an armed man in the city’s Dorchester district. When the officers reached the scene, a three-story apartment building, residents told them the gunman had threatened several people with his weapon. Cops located the suspect and tried to talk to him, but he barricaded himself inside an apartment, believed to be his family home. Sources say the 37-year-old man, who had been released from state prison in July, was familiar to Boston police, who considered him mentally disturbed.

A standoff lasting around six hours followed while police tried to persuade the gunman to stand down. When that failed, police threw what’s believed to have been a tear gas canister into the apartment in an attempt to force him out. Soon after that the suspect suddenly launched an assault on the cops, shooting three. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding their assailant.

On Wednesday morning, Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long said two officers, who had been wounded in the legs, were discharged from medical care. A third officer was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon. The Boston Police Patrolman’s Association asked for prayers for the injured officers, and said “The violence against police officers must stop.”

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