A Middlesex County prisoner about to get medical treatment at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary managed to grab a deputy sheriff's gun and shoot him. A second deputy then shot the prisoner in the chest, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today.
According to Davis, the prisoner, from a Middlesex County correctional facility, arrived at the Mass. Eye and Ear emergency room shortly before noon, with two armed deputies, for treatment of an unspecified condition.
As his handcuffs were being removed, he began to struggle with one of the deputies, the two fell on the ground and he grabbed hold of the deputy's gun, which fired into the deputy's leg, Davis said.
The other deputy then opened fire.
The prisoner is in critical condition at the neighboring Mass. General Hospital, Davis said. The deputy, in much better shape, was also treated there.
The emergency rooms at both hospitals were briefly shut to the public as local, state and even federal law-enforcement officers raced to the scene.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports it is also investigating.