BOSTON (WWLP) – Shots were fired at an East Boston home late Wednesday night. Boston Police Officers Richard Cintolo and Matthew Morris were shot while answering a domestic dispute call involving roommates.
Governor Charlie Baker spoke with reporters after returning from a week-long trip to Ireland. He said, “I and I’m sure everybody else are pulling for Officer Cintolo and Morris and their families during this, what I’m sure for them is an incredibly difficult time.”
The suspect, 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa, was shot and killed by police. “We had to neutralize the threat. He chose to deadly force and when someone is going to use deadly force we’re going to respond appropriately,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.
Commissioner Evans said Figueroa was wearing a ballistic vest and ambushed officers as they tried to enter the home.
Former Salem Police Chief and State Representative Paul Tucker told 22News that some of the most dangerous calls involve domestic violence, similar to the incident in East Boston. “Emotions run very high. You’re in somebody else’s home. You’re telling them sometimes things that they don’t want to hear, and it’s very difficult sometimes for police officers to deal in those situations.”
Officers Cintolo and Morris both underwent surgery and are recovering at Massachusetts General Hospital. The two Boston Police officers are currently listed in critical, but stable condition.