Investigation: Officer Involved Shooting in the Area of Humboldt Avenue and Ruthven Street in Roxbury


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 in District B-2 (Roxbury).

As officers approached the vehicle, an individual exited the car and opened fire on the officers. In attempts to stop the threat, officers returned fire at the suspect. One officer, identified as 34-year-old Officer John T. Moynihan, suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Boston Medical Center in critical condition. Officer Moynihan is a six year veteran of the Boston Police Department.

The suspect also suffered gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene. A third female victim suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to Boston Medical Center. Two additional suspects are in custody on unrelated matters.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.