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Feb 9, 2016 4:30 PM

Officer injured in shootout with marathon bombers to retire

The Associated Press

BOSTON - A transit police officer who was shot and critically injured during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers is retiring.

Richard Donohue Jr. nearly died during a chaotic gun battle in Watertown four days after the 2013 bombing as police closed in on the suspects, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. A 2015 report found it "highly likely" that Donohue was hit by friendly fire.

The bullet that struck Donohue severed a major artery, and he nearly bled to death.

Donohue returned to work as a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer last year.

He announced his retirement Tuesday. Donohue said his injuries make it impossible for him to perform his job as a sergeant at 100 percent.

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