Boston police officer and Army veteran John Moynihan was placed in a medically induced coma after being shot in the face during a traffic stop. Moynihan is currently in critical condition.
Moynihan was shot at point blank range, just under his eye, in what Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley told the Boston Herald was:
“(A) completely unprovoked attack…The officers pull over the vehicle, none of them had their guns drawn, all of them were approaching the vehicle in a respectful way.”
Moynihan, 34, a former Army Ranger, was honored at the White House for helping a fellow officer during the gun battle involving the Boston Bombing suspects Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
According to police, the shooter, Angelo West, 41, was killed at the scene after he opened fire on police. West had a “violent criminal past,” authorities said.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans told the Boston Globe that surveillance footage showed West shooting at Moynihan as he approached his driver’s side door:
“You just clearly see the driver come out of that driver’s side and his hand’s going up as he comes out,’ Evans said. ‘Point-blank he shoots the officer right in the face.’”
Conley said police would be conducting a thorough investigation:
“In the days and weeks to come, as we gather the evidence surrounding this incident, the public can count on a full and transparent account of the facts,” Conley said. “For now, we’re giving the investigators the tools and the time they need to do the job right.”