BOSTON (CBS) – Police radio transmissions of the night Boston Police officer John Moynihan was shot offer a dramatic account of the encounter.
“Shots fired, shots fired, Humboldt and Ruthven, Humboldt and Ruthven. We need help, send EMS.”
Amateur video has already shown police and emergency workers scrambling to save his life after being shot in the face at point blank range. Now the sounds of the intensity of the moment.
“Do whatever you have to do to get an ambulance up there.”
Officers confirm to a calm dispatcher, “officer shot and one suspect down.”
Boston Police say they’ll release their own surveillance of the violent encounter in the coming days. Reverend Mark Scott of Azusa Christian Community church has viewed the video and believes it could change the national dialogue about police and community relations.
“The way police have responded and handled this is a model for how we want to do this in Boston and do this across the country,” Scott says.
Scott says police were respectful and showed no weapons when suspect Angelo West was pulled over. “This is a simple case that Angelo West was the aggressor and the officer was the victim.”
At a Dorchester meeting on youth violence attended by clergy, officers and residents community leaders urged police to use the same transparency in their investigations into other cases. “If you release the video this time, release it with the standard that if there’s video next time release it even when it’s not clear cut,” said State Representative Russell Holmes.
Police have not given a time-frame for the release. In the meantime, Police Commissioner William Evans says officer Moynihan is “doing well, sitting up and talking.”