BOSTON (WWLP-AP) – A Boston police officer is recovering in the hospital, after being shot in the leg by an alleged drug dealer Friday morning.
Boston NBC affiliate WHDH reports that the incident took place on Mount Bowdoin Terrace in the city’s Dorchester section at around 10:30 Friday morning.
During a news conference, Police Commissioner William Evans identified the suspect as 27 year-old Grant Headley of Dorchester. He had been pulled over by police for driving with a suspended license, and Evans said that the suspect is a “known drug dealer.”
He said Headley began shooting after getting out of his car, striking an officer. Police exchanged fire, and were ultimately able to capture Headley.
The officer was taken by ambulance to Boston Medical Center. He is expected to survive, but Evans described the leg wound as “serious.”
The shooting occurred on a residential side street lined with single- and multi-family homes. Broadcast reports showed officers combing through an empty lot and police dogs sniffing around a parked car.