Two Massachusetts police officers were shot on Friday while investigating a “disturbance,” authorities said.
Both Falmouth Police Department officers are expected to recover from their injuries, according to a Facebook post from state police. The suspect in the incident was also shot, authorities said, Fox News reports.
The two Falmouth officers are expected to survive. State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney are leading the investigation along with assistance from the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, State Police Ballistics and Falmouth Police. The two officers were transported to a Falmouth hospital for treatment. The suspect first went to Beth Israel in Plymouth, then subsequently flown by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital. Troopers from Troop D guarded the suspect while in the Plymouth hospital. Troopers assigned to Troop H will guard the suspect while at the Boston hospital.
Unless there is breaking news, further updates will come from the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office.
Massachusetts State Police patrol, tactical, investigative and forensic units are responding to Falmouth to assist local police in the response to the shooting of two Falmouth Police Department officers. Both officers are being transported to hospitals. A suspect was also shot in the incident and is also being transported. The situation is fluid; No further information is available for release at this time.
Both police officers are expected to recover. One officer was treated for a gunshot wound to the neck, and the second officer is being treated for a gunshot wound to the chest above his ballistic vest. He was also shot at least once in his ballistic vest.
The suspect, 21-year-old Malik Koval of East Falmouth, was flown from Beth Israel in Plymouth to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for further treatment of gunshot wounds he sustained during the incident.
One of the officers was struck twice — both rounds hit the officer in the chest, the officer was wearing his vest – and is currently awake and in the hospital, District Attorney Michael O’Keefe told reporters at the scene.
The second officer was struck in the head, which O’Keefe described as “a grazing wound.” That officer received treatment and was released from medical care.
The officers were able to return fire and hit the suspect multiple times.
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