Boston officer released from hospital after being shot; suspect held without bail

Boston Police Headquarters. (Joe Difazio/WBUR file)
Boston Police headquarters. (Joe Difazio/WBUR file)

A Boston police officer shot while investigating the robbery of a pizza delivery driver has been released from the hospital while the man suspected of shooting him was held without bail Monday at his arraignment.

John Lazare, 23, of Brockton, pleaded not guilty to nine charges including assault and battery with a firearm in connection with the shooting Friday night in the city's Roxbury neighborhood.

The officer, who was shot in the back and the foot, has been released from the hospital, police said. His name has not been made public.

Lazare is due back in court on June 23 for a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society. His attorney objected to him being held.

The officer was patrolling the area because a pizza delivery driver had been robbed last Wednesday, authorities said. The officer saw a suspect matching the description of Wednesday's suspect pointing a gun at a delivery driver on Friday, according to the police report.

When the officer approached, Lazare allegedly opened fire.

Additional officers responded to the shooting and chased the suspect without firing their weapons. Two other officers also were injured, but not from gunfire, Police Commissioner Michael Cox said at a news conference. He praised the officers for their response.

"So often you hear throughout the country around police and our over-response or over-aggressive behavior," Cox said. "Our officers are different. Our officers are professional. And we we take pride in that."

Lazare fled but was arrested after injuring himself while jumping from a rooftop, police said. Two other officers were also hurt, but not by gunfire.

With reporting from WBUR's Amy Sokolow and the Associated Press

This article was originally published on June 10, 2023.


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