Boston police officer who was shot in the face honored in Washington DC

John Moynihan
John Moynihan –Photo courtesy Boston Police Department

The Boston police officer who was shot in the face while conducting a traffic stop last year received a TOP COP citation in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night.

Officer John Moynihan, 35, received the award after being seriously injured in the shooting last year.

The National Association of Police Organizations gives TOP COP awards each year to officers involved in 10 cases from across the country. Moynihan is joined by six other members of the Boston Police Department, Detective Brian Ball, officers Gregg Bowden, James Conley, Brian Johnson, Janet P. Lewis, and Dennis Medina, and one Massachusetts state trooper, William Cameron, who also responded to the shooting.


The shooting occurred in March of last year after police responded to reports of gunfire and pulled over a car on Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury. According to police, when Moynihan walked to the driver’s side of the car, 41-year-old Angelo West leapt from the vehicle and shot Moynihan in the face, leading him to be hospitalized for two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a bullet from his neck. West was shot and killed by police.

This is the second time Moynihan has received a TOP COP honor — in 2014, he was recognized for his role in the Watertown shootout following the Boston Marathon bombings. He’s credited with helping to save the life of MBTA Transit Police Officer Richard Donohoue, who was wounded in the shootout.

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