Boston Police Officer Shot In Leg, Is Expected To Survive; Suspect In Custody

January 8, 2016

Boston's police commissioner says a known drug dealer shot an officer in the leg during a traffic stop and was captured after a foot pursuit.

The officer was taken to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive. His name was not released. Commissioner William Evans says he has been on the force for nine years and is a member of the drug unit.

The shooting occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, on a residential side street lined with single- and multi-family homes. Evans says the gun used in the shooting was recovered.

Evans says the suspect was on probation after being released from prison in April and was driving on a suspended license.

Update, 5:03 p.m.: Boston officials were quick to point out that the shooting of a Boston Police officer took place against a backdrop of suspicion of police nationwide.

The shooting comes in the midst of two national controversial debates: one, President Obama’s efforts this week to restrict access to guns; the other, questionable police shootings and subsequent protests. Outside Boston Medical Center, where the wounded officer is recovering, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh alluded to both issues.

Police Commissioner Evans said he has reached out to local clergy, civil rights and neighborhood groups, and all, he said, had expressed support and sympathy for the injured officer.

— Phillip Martin

Update, 1:53 p.m.: Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans identified the suspect as 27-year-old Grant Headley of Dorchester, a suspected drug dealer who had served a three-year prison sentence for illegal gun possession, and who was out on probation

The the wounded officer had pulled him over around 10:20 a.m. and found that he was driving without a license in the vicinity of Mt. Bowdoin Terrace in Dorchester.

Evans told reporters outside the hospital that Headley then jumped out of his car and started shooting out of the blue.

Other officers arrived and the suspect was wrestled to the ground but not before Headley had shot the officer, whose name has not been released pending notification of his relatives.

The officer is expected to recover.

— Phillip Martin

Update, 12:41 p.m.: Boston's police commissioner says a known drug dealer shot an officer in the leg during a traffic stop and was captured after a foot pursuit.

The officer was taken to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive. His name was not released. Commissioner William Evans says he has been on the force for nine years and is a member of the drug unit.

A Boston Police officer was shot in Dorchester Friday morning. Click to enlarge.
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The shooting occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, on a residential side street lined with single- and multi-family homes. Evans says the gun used in the shooting was recovered.

Evans says the suspect was on probation after being released from prison in April and was driving on a suspended license.

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A Boston Police officer was shot Friday morning in Dorchester, according to a BPD spokesperson.

At 10:25 a.m., the officer, whose name or condition are not being released yet, was shot at 33 Mount Bowdoin Terrace in Dorchester.

Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross told reporters, "We're glad our officer is fine."

A suspect is in custody according to police.

The officer has been taken to Boston Medical Center, where Commissioner Bill Evans is expected to speak shortly.


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