Officer in Arlington bank robbery shooting 'acted bravely'
Police have identified the officer who fired on a bank robbery suspect in Arlington on Friday, saying that it was a split-second decision and that he “acted bravely.”
Officer Michael Foley, who fired his weapon and shot a suspect, is a decorated five-year veteran of the police department.
He been placed on administrative duties while the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office investigates the shooting, as is procedure for all officer-involved shootings.
“I am proud of him, acknowledging the difficulty that goes into making such a split-second decision,” Chief Frederick Ryan said.
Foley was the officer that shot a suspect that was attempting to flee a bank robbery at the Leader Bank on Mass. Ave. in East Arlington.
Police found a vehicle matching witnesses’ descriptions and found the two suspects inside. Allegedly James Riley, 35, of Quincy brandished a handgun, forcing Officer Foley to fire.
Riley is still under police guard at an area hospital, and is said to be in stable condition. The other suspect, Shawn Bambushew, 25, was arrested and is set to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Cambridge District Court. Both have been charged with bank robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
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