At about 6:40 PM on Friday, March 27, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Ruthven Street. As the operator of that vehicle exited the vehicle he produced a .357 Magnum and immediately fired. Officer John T. Moynihan was shot in the face at point blank range and grievously wounded.
Officer Moynihan is a six year veteran of the Boston Police Department and has received numerous awards and commendations in his career including the Boston Police Department’s Medal of Honor in 2014. He was honored that same year as a recipient of the Nation’s Top Cops Award which was bestowed upon him by President Obama for his actions during the shootout in Watertown where it was said he performed "heroic and relentless" life-saving measures on critically wounded MBTA officer Richard Donohue.
Officer Moynihan is a highly decorated combat veteran having served honorably as a United States Army Ranger from 2005 to 2008 during the Iraq War.
Officer Moynihan remains in critical condition at Boston Medical Center.
At a press conference earlier today, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans stated “All of my officers are praying for his safe recovery. We are all very lucky that he is still with us today.”