Boston officer improving after surgery to remove bullet

John Moynihan
This undated photo released by the Boston Police Department's official Twitter account Saturday, March 28, 2015, shows Officer John Moynihan, 34. (AP Photo/Boston Police Department)

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police say an officer shot in the face by a suspect Friday night is in stable condition and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear.

Officer John Moynihan had several hours of surgery Sunday at Boston Medical Center, where he was upgraded from critical condition.

Commissioner William Evans says Moynihan is expected to be moved from intensive care within days and to make a full recovery.

Evans says he and Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley visited the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Gang unit officers with Moynihan on Friday fatally shot the suspect, 41-year-old Angelo West. Police say West continued firing at them as he tried to run away from a traffic stop.

Evans says video showed West shot Moynihan point-blank below his right eye.

In the March 7, 2015 photo released by the New York City Police Department, .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun is shown. Police say that in the early hours of Saturday, March 7, officers were called to the Amarachi Prime restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York, following reports of a man with a gun. They said the uniformed officers fired four times after the man refused to drop the loaded weapon. The yet unnamed suspect is hospitalized in stable condition. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)
In the March 7, 2015 photo released by the New York City Police Department, .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun is shown. Police say that in the early hours of Saturday, March 7, officers were called to the Amarachi Prime restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York, following reports of a man with a gun. They said the uniformed officers fired four times after the man refused to drop the loaded weapon. The yet unnamed suspect is hospitalized in stable condition. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

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