Wednesday 28 September 2016

Irish-American cop has 'challenging' road to recovery after he is shot in the face - police

Massachusetts officials release surveillance video showing the near-fatal shooting of John Moynihan

Published 12/04/2015 | 17:20

Boston police officer John Moynihan, 34, is seen in an undated picture released by the Boston Police Department in Boston, Massachusetts March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Boston Police Department/Handout
Boston police officer John Moynihan, 34, is seen in an undated picture released by the Boston Police Department in Boston, Massachusetts March 28, 2015. REUTERS/Boston Police Department/Handout

An Irish-American cop who was shot in the face at a traffic stop has a 'challenging' road to recovery, according to Boston police.

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The police force has released shocking footage of John Moynihan being shot in the face as he approached a parked car.

Mr Moynihan, who has since been released from hospital, was shot at point blank range on March 27 by gunman Angelo West, who was later shot and killed by police.

The 34-year-old veteran police officer survived as a bullet passed under his eye and lodged itself in his neck.

Police officers (L) fire their weapons at Angelo West (R), after he shot officer John Moynihan Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
Police officers (L) fire their weapons at Angelo West (R), after he shot officer John Moynihan Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

He was placed in a medically induced coma at a Boston hospital for two weeks but following surgery to remove the bullet, he was allowed to return home.

His road to recovery 'promises to be challenging', Boston police said in a statement.

President Barack Obama previously wished Mr Moynihan a "full and speedy" recovery and US Vice-President Joe Biden visited the injured cop just days after the incident.

Both men had previously met Mr Moynihan to honour him following his work after the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. Mr Moynihan had helped save a transport policeman wounded in a gun battle with the Tsarnaev brothers.

Massachusetts officials on Friday released surveillance video showing the near-fatal shooting of Mr Moynihan, a former US Army Ranger.

The video shows Officer Moynihan and two colleagues approaching a car during a traffic stop.

A man identified by police as 41-year-old Angelo West jumps out of the vehicle, shoots Mr Moynihan in the face, and then runs out of the camera frame as the officer falls to the ground.

Authorities say West, who had a criminal record including prior gun charges, was killed as Mr Moynihan's fellow officers returned fire.

The decision to make the video public was made following the death of a black man in South Carolina after he was shot in the back by a white police officer. The shooting has rekindled a national debate over use of force by law enforcement.

In the past 12 months black men have been killed by white officers in New York, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ferguson, Missouri, and until the incident in South Carolina, no officers were charged in relation to the deaths.

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