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(BOSTON) — A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city’s police commissioner said Saturday.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans called the shooting of officer John Moynihan on Friday night “unprovoked” during a news conference on Saturday. Moynihan and five other officers had pulled over a driver in Roxbury, Massachusetts, when the driver began firing at the officers, according to police.

The officers hadn’t drawn their guns when the driver began shooting, said Evans. As the officers chased after him, the driver continued to fire, emptying his revolver as he ran.

The officers later shot the driver, who died on scene, police said. Evans identified him as 41-year-old Angelo West, adding that he had a violent criminal past.

Moynihan, 34, was shot underneath his eye and the bullet became lodged behind his ear, Evans said.

“We’re hoping and praying there’s no further damage,” he said.

Evans said video shows the officers approaching the vehicle very “low key.” The video then shows the suspect pointing his gun at the officers’ faces.

Police hoped to release the video soon in order for the department to be “as transparent as possible” in its investigation, Evans said.

“I can’t say enough about the great work we did out there,” he added.

Two other suspects were in custody “on unrelated matters,” police said.

Moynihan, a six-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, was one of seven officers who came to the aid of MBTA Officer Richard Donohue during the Watertown, Massachusetts, shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in 2013 shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. He was honored at the “Top Cops” ceremony at the White House in 2014.

After Friday’s shooting, Donohue tweeted his best wishes for Moynihan.


Hoping for the best for our BPD brother tonight

— Dic Donohue (@DicDonohue) March 28, 2015


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