Man shot dead, Boston police officer hit during Dorchester shootout

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A person was shot dead by Boston police during a daytime shootout that also left a police officer with a gunshot wound.

Boston police are investigating the officer-involved shooting that took place on Westville Street in Dorchester Saturday afternoon.

The shooting took place just after 1 p.m.

A Boston police officer assigned to the gang unit became involved in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect, police said. During the shootout the officer was hit. He suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The suspect was shot dead.

A gun was recovered at the scene.

Police did not identify the suspect.

Interim police Commissioner William Evans said at the scene that the suspect, a man, was “known to police.”

“Nobody likes to discharge their firearm, but when we have a situation with deadly force, and they’re trying to kill us, we have no other choice, unfortunately,” Evans said at a press conference near the scene, according to the Globe. “That’s what we’re trained for.”

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