BOSTON — Braintree Officer Matt Donoghue was met with a round of applause as he was released from Boston Medical Center Saturday.
Several police cruisers escorted Officer Donoghue home from the hospital.
Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois says they’re thankful he’ll make a full recovery.
“I just want to thank everybody for all their support, we’ve received a tremendous amount of outpouring of support from all over,” said Chief Dubois.
The chief says Officer Bill Cushing was also shot, but he’s still in the hospital.
Sadly, that officer’s K9 Kitt was killed in the shooting after police say a man armed with two guns opened fire at the officers. The BPD Working Dog Foundation has set up a GoFundeMe in his name.
The shooting suspect also died.
“The priority for us is their recovery and the support we can provide them and their families,” said Chief Dubois. “It was a very traumatic incident, it’s multiplied extremely because of the loss of Kitt and we’re processing all that as a police department.”
Police held a procession for Kitt Friday, who served the department for 12 years.
“The dog’s main focus in life is the protection of the handler and to please the handler, so it’s very difficult in these circumstances or in any circumstances when a handler and a dog are separated,” said Deputy Chief Tim Cohoon, a K9 handler for Braintree police.
Braintree police say they’re still planning a ceremony for Kitt once his handler is released from the hospital as well.
“We are 100 percent behind our police and continue to be behind our police,” said Charles Kokoros, Braintree’s mayor. “I hope everybody takes a moment to say a prayer for our two officers as they heal and especially for Kitt who we lost in the line of duty, who was truly a hero.”
The Braintree police chief says the other officer who was shot is a 15-year veteran with the department and he is also expected to make a full recovery.
They’re still not sure when he’ll be released from the hospital as well.
A GoFundMe account has been created for the officers.
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