FALMOUTH (CBS) – Both of the officers injured in a Falmouth shootout Friday night had recently been named as the department’s officer of the month.
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Donald DeMiranda and Ryan Moore have been identified as the officers shot, allegedly by 21-year-old Malik Koval.
Moore was named the department’s officer of the month for January. DeMiranda received honors in April for the second time. He was also officer of the month for August 2017.
DeMiranda was shot in the chest, though his ballistic vest stopped the bullet. A second bullet hit him in the shoulder area. He remains hospitalized in good condition.
One of DeMiranda’s neighbors, Chris Swain, called him “a great family man.”
“Donny is a great neighbor, great family man, great police officer. You know, we feel safe with him living in our neighborhood,” Swain said.
Neighbors were “shocked” to learn of the brazen shooting that injured the officers, Swain said.
“We were shocked. You know, today’s society is horrible, the shooting of police officers,” he said. “And for it to happen in a small town like this, it just shows that it’s everywhere.”
Moore was grazed in the neck by a bullet. He was treated and released from Falmouth Hospital.