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Cop Wounded During Fierce Gunfire Exchange

Cop Wounded During Fierce Gunfire Exchange

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Boston Globe via YellowBrix

June 15, 2011

BOSTON – A Boston police officer who teaches women how to defend themselves was shot by a suspect in a domestic violence call yesterday morning during a fierce exchange of gunfire, marking the third time since November that a Massachusetts officer has been shot in the line of duty.

Officer Shawn Marando was about to finish his overnight shift, authorities said, when a woman called from a Dorchester apartment and said her boyfriend had assaulted and threatened to kill her.

Minutes later, Marando, a 13-year veteran, and two other officers arrived at Wentworth Terrace, where they found the boyfriend, 25-year-old Tyrone Cummings, with the woman’s sister.

As the officers approached, Cummings fired, striking Marando in the calf, police said.

Marando and a second officer fired back, hitting Cummings several times in the chest. The sister was struck in the leg.

All were expected to survive.

“As this incident demonstrates, there is no such thing as a routine call,’’ Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said. “It’s clearly our worst-case scenario.’’

The shooting unnerved neigh bors, many of whom were just waking up and getting ready for work. Officers descended on the neighborhood, roping off the crime scene with yellow tape.

They escorted children to nearby Fifield Elementary School, where a bullet had struck inside.


Janice Johnson said she walked her granddaughter to school “because I thought it would be more traumatizing to her for the police to walk her there.’’

Marando, who is 46 and married, was sent to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery, Davis said. A martial arts specialist who teaches self-defense to women and children around Dorchester, Marando served in both the Air Force and Marine Reserves.

Last November, a Somerville detective was shot in the chest and abdomen trying to arrest an alleged gun dealer. The detective survived.

A month later, a Woburn police officer was fatally shot the day after Christmas as he tried to stop an armed robber.

Before this year, the last time a Boston police officer was shot was 2007, when Patrolman Stephen Romano, a gang unit officer, was struck in the chest as a state trooper and alleged gang member exchanged fire.

The last Boston police officer to die in the line of duty was Berisford Wayne Anderson, who was shot to death in 1994.

Nationwide, the number of officers killed by gunfire has risen this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks fatalities.

By yesterday, 38 officers had been fatally shot so far this year, compared with 26 in the same time period last year, according to the organization.

The overall number of officers killed in the line of duty has also risen, with 87 officers killed this year, compared with 73 at the same time last year.

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