At around 9:30 a.m. on November 9th, officers responded to a report of an armed individual barricaded in a home on Ferndale Street in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston.
Officers set up a perimeter around the area, calling in SWAT teams and crisis negotiators to assist.
Throughout the six hour standoff, negotiators attempted to talk the suspect into surrendering peacefully. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful, and the suspect began firing at the officers.
“During those negotiations, the individual fired at the officers, striking three officers on scene,” said Boston Police Acting Commissioner Gregory Long. “As a result of being fired upon, officers on scene returned fire, striking the suspect.”
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the injured officers and the suspect have not yet been released to the public.
Boston police officers gathered outside of Boston Medical Center, waiting for word of the status of their injured colleagues.
As of the morning of November 10th, two officers had been released from the hospital. One is still hospitalized, though his status has not been released.
“This highlights the dangers that the men and women of this department face every single day that they put on this uniform,” Long said.
According to Julie Clarke, her stepson was the suspect who was shot and killed by police during the standoff. She claims that the incident began when he pulled a gun on her and her adult son.
“I don’t know what was going through his head,” Clarke said. “I can’t say, but I told him at 7 this morning that this was not going to end well.”
Detectives with the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office have been assigned to aid the Boston police with an investigation into the incident.