Officer Shot In Marathon Showdown Heads Home

BOSTON — The transit police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been discharged from the hospital.

Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue, center, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston Friday, followed by his wife Kim, left. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Transit Police Officer Richard Donohue leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston Friday, followed by his wife Kim, left. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Officer Richard Donohue headed home Friday morning, with other Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officers escorting him.

Donohue has been recovering at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for about a month.

The 33-year-old officer still has a bullet in his body and has been coping with nerve damage that makes it painful to walk. He has said that he’s looking forward to going home so he can spend more time with his son and toss a ball with his family’s dog.

He also said Friday he’s looking forward to some home cooking to help him regain the weight he lost during his recovery.

“Maybe I’ll try homemade chicken parm,” he said. “I’m still down about 21 pounds, but I think I got a good diet; I’ll go home and put the pounds back on. I’ll hit the gym as well; gotta put it back in the right places.”

Donohue doesn’t remember the April gun battle that left him with a severed femoral artery. He says he wants to return to his job.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom

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  • David F

    They forgot to mention that Officer Donohue was shot by another law enforcement officer and not one of the bombers.

    The state of police marksmanship training and fire discipline is absolutely appalling and needs to be looked into.

    • Silas Peterson

      you gotta go there eh

      • David F

        So you think it’s OK that it was a fellow law enforcement officer who shot Officer Donohue, we should just gloss over it? No need for an investigation? No need for a review of the abysmal standards in law enforcement marksmanship?

  • rd

    Yes, Silas, we do need to go there. We need an independent review of what happened. We all deserve the truth.

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