At approximately 10:51 Wednesday night the officers responded to a 911 call for a domestic incident with the possibility of a person being armed with a gun. Shortly after the officers arrived on scene and entered the residence other responding officers heard screaming of shots fired and officer down on the radio, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said during an early-morning press conference.
The suspect had body armor and was armed with an assault rifle, the commissioner added.
Several other Boston Police officers responded and went inside the residence, where they exchanged fire with and eventually killed the suspect. Two of the officers dragged the wounded officers out of the line of fire to safety, first aid was used on the scene by officers including applying tourniquets to wounds before sending the officers to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Nine additional responding officers had minor injuries.
The shooter was identified as Kirk Figueroa, 33 of Boston and is a constable for the City of Boston who was sworn in on July 12 of this year.
Constables are “peace officers” with limited policing authority, who handle eviction notices, subpoenas, and civil lawsuits. In Boston, they serve three-year terms.
The city runs background checks on all applicants, and the mayor and city council make final approval.
Police Commissioner William Evans said Figueroa was armed with an assault rifle and wearing a ballistic vest when he confronted officers at his home.
They were called there for a report of an argument between two roommates, and when they arrived, they say that’s when Figueroa started shooting.
A logo on the car said Elite Policing, which is a fugitive apprehension agency. There has been no comment yet from the company about Figueroa or the shooting.
On their website, Figueroa identifies himself as a “bail runner” with a military background in the United States Army Reserve.
According to business documents obtained by WBZ-TV’s iTeam, Figueroa is listed as the president of Code Blue Protection.
Figueroa was armed with a rifle and wearing body armor during the confrontation with officers.
A second person is in custody according to Police but that person’s name was not released nor was the names of the officers.