Suspect Identified In Shootout With Braintree Police On Friday


BRAINTREE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two Braintree police officers are recovering and a police dog is dead after a shooting on Friday.

Police said they responded to a domestic incident in the afternoon at the Braintree Village Apartment Complex on McCusker Drive.

The suspect, who was later identified as 34-year-old Andrew Homen of Brockton, reportedly fled to a nearby wooded area, where he ambushed responding officers.

Multiple shots were exchanged between parties. Two officers were injured, and a police dog was shot and killed.

Homen was also shot and taken to a local hospital -- where he later died. The Norfolk County District Attorney's office said he was well-known to police.

The two injured officers underwent surgery and are in stable condition. Police Chief Mark Dubois later identified them as 44-year-old William Cushing Jr. and 34-year-old Matthew Donaghue.

The police dog, Kitt, was Cushing's partner for 12 years -- and a memorial service will be scheduled for him when Cushing is released from the hospital.

Responding to the incident at a press conference on Saturday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he commends the officers for their courage.

"It's important for us to remember that day in and day out, these folks really do in many cases put themselves in harms way on behalf of the communities they serve," Baker said. "Whatever we can do for you...all you've got to do is ask."

WBZ NewsRadio's Art Cohen (@artcohenboston) reports.

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