MBTA officer shot, wounded by Boston bomb suspects a VMI grad - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

MBTA officer shot, wounded by Boston bomb suspects a VMI grad

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE:

Officer Donohue's VMI friends have started an online fundraising page to help his family.  It's raised thousands of dollars so far. If you'd like to donate you can here.

The Williamson Road Area Business Association honored him Saturday during the first VMI Day opening ceremonies in Roanoke. There was a moment of silence and flags were at half staff to remember all of those in Boston.

-------

The transit officer shot and wounded during Friday morning's gunfight between police and the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has ties to our area and is being remembered.

VMI has confirmed that 33-year-old Richard Donohue is a 2002 graduate, who majored in history.

Police say Donohue was injured as police chased 19-year-old Dzhokahr Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev through Watertown, Massachusetts overnight, shot and killed an officer at MIT, and carjacked an SUV.

Officials say the pair fired at officers and threw explosives out the window.

During a news conference Friday morning, authorities said Donohue was in surgery at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

VMI cadets signed a school flag for Donohue Friday.  The Williamson Road Area Business Association will honor him Saturday during the first VMI Day opening ceremonies in Roanoke.

Jake Copty, a Roanoke real estate agent, graduated VMI with Donohue and says the two still stay in touch.

"He was an extraordinarily funny, fun person with a lot of positive attributes" said Copty. "He is good at what he does and takes that very seriously."

Copty says after the two graduated from VMI in 2002, Donohue went into the Navy and then joined the Boston Transit police where he's been for about three years.

Copty says they two have a lot of mutual friends who are in the Boston area.

"[He] represents the best of what VMI has to offer" said Copty.

"It's not surprising that he would put himself in a career that would place him in harm's way. Our hearts go out to his family. We really pray for his speedy recovery" said Stewart MacInnis, a spokesman for VMI who says Donohue was a history major and in the Naval ROTC.

MacInnis says all students are taught to be "civil servants".

"This is the VMI character and that's what he's showing" said MacInnis.

Well wishes are coming from all over the world, including some Virginia politicians.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with VMI grad MBTA officer Richard Donohue, injured this morning in Watertown" tweeted Gov. Bob McDonnell.

"Rooting for recovery of injured Boston transit officer Richard Donohue" tweeted Senator Mark Warner.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
  • Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:42:30 GMT
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
  • Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road

    Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:19:56 GMT
    There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County.
    There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County.
  • Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

    Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:37:03 GMT
    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t...
    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t...
  • Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
    Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
  • Friends share memories of Caldwell Butler

    Friends share memories of Caldwell Butler

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:52:19 GMT
    People across the county and along the Roanoke Valley are mourning the loss of Caldwell Butler. Friends said the former congressman was an outstanding lawyer, a real gentleman and a devoted family man. On Tuesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Griffith, and others in the Virginia delegation honored the life of former Congressman M. Caldwell Butler on the floor of the House. It was a fitting tribute by republicans and democrats who honored a man known to look beyond party lines. Friends said Caldwe...
    People across the county and along the Roanoke Valley are mourning the loss of Caldwell Butler. Friends said the former congressman was an outstanding lawyer, a real gentleman and a devoted family man. On Tuesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Griffith, and others in the Virginia delegation honored the life of former Congressman M. Caldwell Butler on the floor of the House. It was a fitting tribute by republicans and democrats who honored a man known to look beyond party lines. Friends said Caldwe...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.