Police officer who was shot in face last year honored

Officer John Moynihan was shot in the face during a traffic stop in 2015.
Officer John Moynihan was shot in the face during a traffic stop in 2015.(Boston Police Department)

Boston Police Officer John Moynihan, who was shot in the face during a traffic stop last year, was honored Saturday night with a TOP COP citation in Washington D.C., and in Boston at a Boston Medical Center fund-raiser where Police Commissioner William Evans will speak.

The TOP COP awards are given to officers involved in ten notable cases selected from across the country. Moynihan will joined other Boston officers, a detective, and a state trooper in receiving the award for their actions during the deadly Roxbury shootout with Angelo West on March 27, 2015.

Police and the trooper were investigating recent reports of gunfire when they pulled over the car West was driving on Humboldt Avenue. When Moynihan walked to the driver’s side, West leapt out of the car and shot him in the face before he could even draw his weapon, according to officials and video of the encounter. Police shot West to death.


In Boston, Evans spoke at BMC, where Moynihan was treated after the shooting.

“I want to take the opportunity to commend the fine folks at BMC for the tremendous treatment and compassionate care they provided to John. They do amazing work at the BMC, not just for our officers but also for our entire community,” said Evans in a statement prior to the event. “No doubt they make our already great city even greater.”

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