A Boston police officer who teaches women how to defend themselves was shot by a suspect in a domestic violence call yesterday during a fierce exchange of gunfire, marking the third time since November that a Massachusetts officer has been shot in the line of duty, reports the Boston Globe. Two others were shot yesterday; all are expected to survive. “As this incident demonstrates, there is no such thing as a routine call,'' Police Commissioner Edward Davis said. “It's clearly our worst-case scenario.''
Nationwide, the number of officers killed by gunfire has risen this year, says the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. As of yesterday, 38 officers have been fatally shot so far this year, compared with 26 in the same time period last year, according to the organization.