VMI cadets sign flag for cop wounded in Watertown shootout

LEXINGTON, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia Military Institute graduates were surprised to learn one of their fellow rats had been critically wounded in a shootout between police and the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects early Friday morning in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Word quickly spread quickly among VMI alumni that 33-year-old Richard Dohohue was wounded during the shootout between the bombing suspects and police.

“I got a Facebook update from our class of 2002 alumni page,” said Wes Tatum, who graduated with Donohue.

While a three-year veteran of the MBTA, Donohue was remembered by classmates during his four year stay at VMI from 1998 to 2002. And not as Richard, but as “Dic.”

“Everybody called him Dic in school and he’s a great guy, so it is a shame this happened,” Tatum said.

Late Friday afternoon, VMI cadets decided to sign a flag in honor of Donohue and send it to him as a show of support during his recovery.

A total of fifteen officers were injured during the gunfight with the alleged bombing suspects.

CBS News reports Donohue was out of surgery at a Cambridge hospital by 3:30 p.m. Friday and listed in critical condition.