BTBuzz: Boston officers shot and critically wounded by suspect expected to undergo surgery today


Two Boston police officers critically injured when a suspect opened fired on them late Wednesday night are expected to undergo surgery Friday.

The Boston Police Department announced on its Twitter page that both officers are in stable, but critical, condition and called on the community for prayers.

“I hope St. Michael continues to look down on my officers,” said Police Commissioner William Evans.

The officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in East Boston at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when the suspect, armed with an assault rifle and wearing body armor, opened fire.

The injured offficers were identified as, Richard Cintolo, a 27-year veteran of the force, and Matt Morris, a 12-year veteran.

Evans said during a press conference nine other officers were treated that night for minor injuries, stress and trauma in a scene he called “hectic,” as colleagues ran to pull the injured officers to safety while under fire.

“Some of them were involved in the exchange of gunfire, some involved in applying their hands to the wounds of these officers,” the commissioner told reporters.

The gunman, Kirk Figueroa, 33, was shot and killed in the gun battle.

A prayer vigil was held Thursday night for Cintolo and Morris to wish them a speedy recovery.