Boston officer forgives man who tried to kill him
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston police officer who says he felt the heat and heard the whistle of a bullet fired by a fleeing suspect as it narrowly missed his head offered forgiveness to his assailant in court.
The officer, whose name was not made public, said in a statement read in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday, that “I’m willing to personally forgive,” the man who tried to kill him in July 2013.
The shooter, 23-year-old Paul Eric Louis-Jeune, of Braintree, was sentenced to up to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including armed assault with intent to murder.
Police were chasing the suspected drug dealer when Louis-Jeune shot at a pursuing officer from 10 feet away. Louis-Jeune was then struck by a bullet fired by another officer.