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May 20, 2013

Officer shot in Marathon showdown wants to work


Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds and blunt trauma to his head and torso.

But Donahue, an MBTA officer of three years, has no memory of the encounter that nearly killed him.

“As of right now, it’s all been a blackout,” he said.

Exactly how Donahue was wounded isn’t clear. He said if his injury turned out to be from a fellow officer’s bullet, he was just glad police “got the job done” at a chaotic scene where authorities said the suspects tossed explosives and fired on officers.

“If it was friendly fire, it was friendly fire, he said. “We got the job done and the other suspect got captured shortly thereafter, so I’m just happy with that.”

The transit officer said he is in favor of authorities filing additional charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in connection with Collier’s death and his own close call. But he wouldn’t say if he favored the death penalty in the case of a guilty verdict for the 19-year-old, who remains in a prison hospital after his arrest.

“One of them, I guess, has already been brought to justice,” Donahue said of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Donahue’s wife said she’s proud of her husband, and while they won’t use the word “hero” a lot at home, their 7-month-old son will have a lot to live up to as he grows up.

“We keep saying he’s not going to be able to get away with anything. Like, ‘Oh, you don’t want to eat your green beans? Well, Daddy’s got a bullet in his leg and came back from the dead. So, if you could do us a favor and just eat your food that would be great,’” the 31-year-old mom said with a smile.

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