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Boston police officer praised for ‘terrific professionalism’ for not firing back at gunman

Boston Herald 9/26/2022 Joe Dwinell, Boston Herald

A city police officer is being hailed for his bravery and “terrific professionalism” for calling for backup instead of shooting a brazen gunman who opened fire on him Sunday evening.

Police Commissioner Michael Cox and police Superintendent Felipe Colon told reporters at the scene the officer was fired upon along Waumbeck Street in Roxbury just after 6 p.m.

His unmarked car was stuck twice but the plainclothes officer, who was on “an investigation,” was not hit. He did call in a description of the “adult male” suspect who was soon arrested.

“This is another example of the bravery of our officers exhibit every single day,” said Cox. “I want to thank him for his bravery, calmness and terrific professionalism.”

Colon added that the 6:09 p.m. shooting ended with an arrest thanks to the level-headed officer who sprung into action.

More details of the shooting will be posted by BPD once the suspect is booked, police added.

The shooting comes on a relatively quiet weekend that BPD reports included three car thefts, 11 aggravated assaults, one robbery and no homicides.

One man was arrested Saturday after police responded to a call in Roxbury and observed the suspect “kicking the door of an apartment” on Ruthven Street, police said. Officers recovered a loaded Ruger LCP .380 with seven rounds in the magazine from the suspect.

.Donyeea Henderson was placed under arrest and charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Trespassing.

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