BOSTON — A Boston police officer was shot and wounded in Roxbury Friday and the suspect accused of shooting the officer is dead, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said.
Boston Police Commissioner Gross said officers stopped a car at 102 Gerard St. around 2:21 a.m. and the suspect in the vehicle "exchanged several rounds of gunfire," with police, wounding one of the officers.
The car then fled the scene and was later found at 90 George St., Gross said at a news conference early Friday. The suspect, believed to be in his 30s, was found dead inside the car, Gross said, and a firearm was recovered. Several bullet holes were visible on the car's windshield.
Boston police spokesman Sgt. John Boyle said the officer was taken to Boston Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening. The officer, whose name has not been released, was shot in the upper torso, Gross said.
A large police presence was gathered at the scene on Gerard Street where police say the officer was shot during the traffic stop.
Officers were also at the scene on George Street, where the suspect was found dead. The suspect's vehicle was towed away from the scene around 6 a.m.
A woman who did not want to go on camera told us the driver appeared drunk or out of it.
Police have identified the driver of the vehicle as 36-year-old Kasim Kahrim of Boston.
Gross said the investigation is active and police are canvassing both neighborhoods for surveillance video and any witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-494-TIPS.
Gross said Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins' office would lead the investigation into whether officers were justified in their use of force on the suspect and that he had already been in contact with her office.
DA Rollins issued the following statement on Friday afternoon regarding the shooting:
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