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MBTA says 2d officer was slightly hurt in shoot-out

A second MBTA Transit Police officer was shot and slightly wounded in a gunfight with accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, MBTA officials said on Wednesday.

The T did not release the officer’s identity, but said he was grazed in the buttocks during the gunfight early Friday in which MBTA officer Richard Donohue Jr. was ­severely wounded.

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Donohue, 33, was wounded when he raced to help MIT and Cambridge police officers as they chased the Marathon bombing suspects to Dexter and Laurel streets in Watertown.

During the shoot-out, a bullet ripped through Donohue’s right thigh, hitting both branches of the femoral artery and the femoral vein, authorities said.

His friend and police academy classmate, Sean Collier, a Massachusetts ­Institute of Technology ­police officer, had been killed earlier, allegedly by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.

At a community public safety meeting in Dorchester on Wednesday, MBTA Transit Police Lieutenant Bill Fleming said Donohue “basically died’’ until emergency workers revived him.

Donohue was listed in ­serious but stable condition Wednesday evening at Mount Auburn Hospital.

Fleming said another officer was grazed in the buttocks in the shoot-out.

“He didn’t report it,’’ Fleming said at the meeting. “He was embarrassed.”

“The officer was treated at the scene for a minor injury,’’ said Joseph Pesaturo, spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. “He is back on duty.”

Meghan Irons can be reached at mirons@globe.com and on Twitter @meghanirons.
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