Two Boston police officers are fighting for their lives after a suspect opened fire at the scene of a domestic disturbance late Wednesday. Police Commissioner William B. Evans says the officers entered a home in Orient Heights at 10:51pm, after an apparent fight between roommates, and were met by a 33-year-old man wearing body armor who began firing shots from an assault-style rifle, per the Boston Herald. One officer was hit multiple times while the other was shot one or two times. At least nine other officers then arrived and killed the suspect in a firefight, Evans tells the Boston Globe. "It sounded like construction equipment, like they were just working on the street, that's how long it went on," a neighbor says, estimating at least 50 shots were fired.
During the firefight, the officers were able to pull their injured comrades to safety and "quickly administer first aid, apply a tourniquet. One officer had his hand in one of the wounds," Evans says. However, the injured officers, described as a 28-year veteran and 12-year veteran of the force, are now in "extremely critical" condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, where they've received blood transfusions and will undergo surgery, Evans continues. "I just want everyone to pray," he says. "Let's just hope they pull through." A district attorney says there will be "a very thorough and transparent investigation," but "it's going to take some time because the two individuals who probably know most about what happened … [are] fighting for their lives." (Read more Boston stories.)