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NY DAILY: A highly decorated Boston police officer was fighting for his life Saturday after being shot in the face “assassination-style” by a violent career criminal, authorities said.
Officer John Moynihan, 34, was shot point-blank below the right eye by suspect Angelo West, 41, who emptied his revolver at cops during a routine traffic stop in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood Friday, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said.
West, who was packing a .357 Magnum handgun, was shot dead on the scene, officials said.
The sudden attack on the six-year Boston police veteran was unprovoked.
“The officer probably didn’t even have a chance to even say anything,” Evans said. “No one had any indication of what might happen.”
His shooter, who authorities say has a criminal history with several prior gun convictions, had continued firing at the other five gang task force officers as he tried to flee the scene, Evans said.
Witness videos, which have not been released to the public, show the cop barely exchanging words with the driver before he was blasted in the face about 6:40 p.m., Evans said. None of the officers involved had their guns drawn before the attack.
“We’re just all very lucky that he’s still with us today,” Evans said. “We’re hoping and praying there’s no further damage.”
Moynihan was honored by the White House with a National Association of Police Organizations’ “Top Cop Award” in 2014 for his role in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing the previous year.
He helped gravely wounded transit Officer Richard Donohue during a shootout with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan
“It was gutwrenching to hear that, first of all, there was any officer injured in that way in the line of duty,” Donohue told the Boston Globe. “And when you find out that it was an officer that you know, and an officer that helped save your life — it is definitely more significant.”
“Me and my family — everyone — we’re all praying and wishing for a full and speedy recovery,” Donohue added.
Two other people who were in the car with the suspect are being questioned by police.
A female driver caught in the crossfire was treated for a minor flesh wound on her arm and is recovering, Evans said.