Police officer wounded in Boston Marathon chase leaves hospital

June 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass., June 14 (UPI) -- A transit police officer who was wounded while helping in the pursuit of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers was released from a rehab hospital Friday.

Richard Donohue entered the lobby of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass., in a wheelchair, the Boston Globe reported. But he exchanged it for crutches, standing up with apparent ease.

"My body's definitely improving, but with that comes some pain and a few aches," Donohue told reporters.

Donohue, a police officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, was wounded in a shootout in Watertown April 18 as police closed in on Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the two Chechen-born brothers believed responsible for the bombing that had killed three people April 15. He said he does not remember the shootout.

His plans for the coming months include recuperating at his home in Woburn, playing with his beagle and spending a lot of time with his 7-month-old son.

"I swear, every time I see him, he's got another tooth," Donohue joked. "He has more teeth than me."

His longterm plans include going back to work.

"That'll be a tough day for me -- a proud day, but a tough day," his wife, Kim, said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout. His brother was found hours later severely wounded hiding under a boat in a Watertown yard.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed shortly before the shootout in Cambridge, allegedly by the Tsarnaev brothers.

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