A domestic incident that led to a fatal shootout with Boston police earlier this week may have started out as an argument between roommates over the thermostat, authorities said.
Veteran officers Richard Cintolo and Matt Morris were still in critical condition Friday, having sustained injuries in a shootout two days earlier while responding to a call of a possible domestic disturbance.
One of the officers was in surgery while the other was awaiting the operating room, Boston police tweeted.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans identified 33-year-old Kirk Figueroa as the deceased gunman in a news conference Thursday.
Upon arrival, officers were met at the door by a victim who claimed his roommate had pulled a large knife on him, Evans told reporters.
"His roommate met the officers out and clearly said that he was being attacked over an issue going on inside that apartment," Evans said.
Figueroa then produced what officials described as a "tactical shotgun" and began firing on police, wounding the two cops. After an exchange of gunfire, Figueroa, who was wearing body armor, was shot and killed by other officers.
The roommates may have been fighting over the thermostat, according to police, but there likely were other issues involved.
"I don't know what was going through his mind," Evans said. "All I can tell you is he was a dangerous individual and our officers went in there unsuspecting of what took place."
Earlier in the week, Evans confirmed that Figueroa was a Boston constable, but stressed he did not have a license to carry a weapon.
"Constable is very much like a mailman, he goes and delivers civil process,” Evans said Thursday. “He had no right in Massachusetts to possess the gun in hand.”