Two Boston police officers wounded during shootout

Police stand near the scene where two officers where shot on Dorchester Avenue Wednesday afternoon. WHDH

One suspect is dead and two Boston police officers are wounded after a shootout Wednesday in the city's Dorchester neighborhood, police said.

Two plainclothes officers, assigned to the drug-investigation unit, sustained not life-threatening injuries when they stopped two people to ask questions, Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey told media. One of the two people they stopped was shot to death after opening fire on the officers, he said. 

The other suspect is still at large.

Boston police are asking the public to avoid the area while the investigation is under way, but Linskey said the area is safe.

Authorities ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 1-800-494-TIPS or text a tip to CRIME.

It is the second shooting in one week involving Boston law enforcement. Last Wednesday a prisoner at a Boston hospital wrestled a gun away from a sheriff’s deputy, firing a bullet into the deputy’s leg before a second deputy shot the inmate in the chest, authorities said.

NBC's M. Alex Johnson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.