Witnesses describe intense, fearful scene in East Boston police shooting

BOSTON (WHDH) - Witnesses describe an intense night on Gladstone Street in East Boston when a suspect opened fire on two police officers.

The suspect who shot two Boston police officers in East Boston Wednesday night has been identified as 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa.

Witnesses say dozens of cops ran up the streets, some with riot shields and assault rifles.

“I walk up the steps and then all of a sudden just the whole street swarmed with cops,” said witness Tiara Willdigg. She said those outside were ordered to get away from the street.

Police ordered a shelter in place as they searched for a possible second suspect, but it was lifted early morning Thursday.

Witnesses say they were in fear, describing sounds of rapid gunfire and chaos.

“I started holding my friend’s hand, I was so scared,” said witness Eric Dicrescenzo.

Two police officers are just out of surgery after being in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Boston Police responded to a call for a possible domestic incident on 136 Gladstone Street before 11 p.m. Wednesday night when a gunman opened fire.

The police shot and killed the suspect, who was wearing a ballistic vest.

The two policemen were immediately treated by fellow police officers before the arrival of emergency medical teams.

Both policemen were identified as males, one policeman serving 28 years in the department, the other 12 years.

Nine others were admitted to MGH for stress and other injuries.

Neighbors are glad the situation was under control but hope officers survive.

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