Braintree Officer Released From Hospital, Memorial Planned for K-9

BRAINTREE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Braintree police officer was brought home from the hospital Saturday by an escort of his fellow officers, after being wounded in a shootout in Braintree on Friday.

Officer Matthew Donoghue was injured in a shootout along with Officer William Cushing Jr., who is still in the hospital. Kitt, a police K-9, was killed after the officers were ambushed in the woods by a suspect in a domestic violence call.

That suspect, later identified as Andrew Homen of Brockton, was killed in the shootout.

Donoghue has worked for the Braintree Police Department for four years and has been in law enforcement for nine years. He was escorted home by members of the Braintree force Saturday afternoon.

Braintree Police Chief Mark Dubois said the department was doing as well as can be expect under the circumstances.

"Just like any very major traumatic event, officers are extremely focused on the incident, and focused on their jobs and getting the mission completed..." he said.

A memorial is planned for Kitt after his handler, Officer Cushing, is released from the hospital. Kitt was Cushing's partner for 12 years. A GoFundMe to honor the dog has been set up and has already attracted close to $6000.

Cushing is a 15-year veteran of the force. He is expected to fully recover from his injuries.

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