Two Falmouth police officers who have been on a call in a residential area should recover. Three people were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
Police said Don DeMiranda and Ryan Moore were shot at around 5:30 pm. Friday at Ashley Drive on Seacoast Shores Boulevard. The police said Malik Koval had broken bottles in the street.
"[The officers] arrived, they watched this person, they tried to have an encounter with him, he got more and more restless and finally produced a gun and fired on the officers," said Michael O. Keefe, district attorney of Cape and Islands.
According to the police, Koval ran into the house on Ashley Drive 2 after approaching him. Koval's mother, Kimberly Koval, and his brother Marcus Maseda were reportedly trying to interfere when officers tried to follow Koval into the house. That's when Koval started shooting after police. The officers shot back at Koval and beat him several times.
Miranda was shot in the chest, but the bullet was stopped by his bullet-proof vest. A second shot hit him in the shoulder area. Miranda was treated at the Falmouth Hospital and is taken to a Boston hospital for follow-up. Falmouth Police Chief Edward Dunne said Miranda was in a stable condition.
"He's awake, he's talking, his family is with him and he's in a good mood," Dunne said on Saturday afternoon.
Moore was hit by a bullet. He was treated and later released from Falmouth Hospital.
"It could have been tragically different, but it's not and we're very happy for it," Dunne said.
The police have arrested and charged Malik Koval, of East Falmouth, with shooting. Koval was flown by Beth Israel in Plymouth to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for treatment of his injuries.
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Emmalyn Anderson, a relative of Koval, said she and her family were shocked and worried about the arrest Incident. She described Koval as "such a wonderful child" and said the incident was "very characterless" for him.
"We could never imagine anything like that," Anderson said in a telephone interview. "It was not like he grew up and he's going through something incredibly difficult, we're trying to figure out how it got to this point and bring it back to the guy we know." Anderson, 28, said her family was thinking of the officers and was grateful they were recovering.
Many neighbors in the area shook their heads and tried to reconcile the person they knew with the man who was accused of shooting two policemen. Tim Eaton, who lives near the locations, said Koval is one of his grandson's friends. Eaton has been living in the tree-lined and modest residential area for over 40 years and said he was shocked by the "terrible" incident.
"The child, as far as I know, is a good kid," said Eaton. "And it surprised me that it was he who did it."
Randall Tenney, who also lives in the area, said he has known Koval since the age of nine, but has not seen him for about ten years. Her mothers were employees in his opinion.
"[I] never expected to become a gunman," Tenney said. "It's overwhelming."
Erin Daunt, another neighbor, visited her mother nearby when she heard sirens around the time of the shooting.
"I do not understand why that happened," Daunt said  Many people in Falmouth have trouble understanding the shooting event that struck the deadly death of Weymouth Police sergeant Michael Chesna less than two weeks ago and the shooting Death of Yarmouth Police Sergeant Sean Gannon follows in April.
Falmouth Police said: I have received a lot of community support.
"We have received many good wishes, expressions of love and support, gifts, food, coffee and, of course, countless thoughts and prayers," said Dunne. "We are grateful that we can serve such a supportive community."
Stephanie Murphy and her daughter were among the well-wishers who passed the Falmouth Police Station on Saturday. They brought officer cakes to show their support.
"It's the least we can do, it does not really affect what they deserve," Murphy said.
Murphy said she knows Moore and is happy he's recovering
"He's just wonderful and in such a situation it's hard to swallow," Murphy said.
Falmouth police and police detectives investigate the shooting.
With additional coverage by Jonathan Kain.