(ABC News)--Two Boston Police officers are in "extremely critical" condition Thursday after being shot responding to a domestic dispute.
At approximately 10:51 Wednesday night the officers responded to a 911 call for a domestic incident with the possibility of a person being armed with a gun. Shortly after the officers arrived on scene and entered the residence other responding officers heard screaming of shots fired and officer down on the radio, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said during an early-morning press conference.
The suspect had body armor and was armed with an assault rifle, the commissioner added.
Several other officers responded and went inside the residence, where they exchanged fire with and eventually killed the suspect. Two of the officers dragged their wounded colleagues out of the line of fire to safety, where potentially life-saving first aid was performed, including a tourniquet and one officer pressing his hand over a wound to slow the bleeding.
Evans said the emergency first aid was "instrumental" in getting the wounded officers to the hospital quickly.
The two wounded officers -- both male, both veterans, one with 28 years on the force and the other with 12 -- were transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital, where they were undergoing blood transfusions and surgery.
Nine additional responding officers had very minor injuries or are dealing with stress and trauma.
"Domestic calls are the most volatile, you never really know what you’re walking into," Evans said, and asked the community to pray for the officers' recovery.