Jun 11, 2021
Braintree Police Officer Bill Cushing Released From Hospital With Procession Week After Shootout
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BRAINTREE (CBS) – Braintree Police Officer Bill Cushing was released from South Shore Hospital with a procession Friday morning, a week after he was wounded in a shootout that ended in the death of his K-9 partner and the gunman.
Cushing had been in the hospital since June 4 when he and Officer Matthew Donoghue were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with 34-year-old Andrew Homen.
Braintree Police escorted Officer Bill Cushing home from the hospital Friday, a week after he was shot. (WBZ-TV)
The procession passed Braintree Town Hall as people lined the streets, some with thin blue line flags, and continued through South Braintree Square.
Cushing waved to the crowd as he passed by in the passenger seat of a police SUV.
WATCH: #Braintree Police Officer William Cushing thanks community members for their support as he’s escorted home from the hospital. Officers from several communities took part in the procession as well as K-9 officers. Officer Cushing lost his K-9 Kitt in the shooting @wbz pic.twitter.com/lxSjXbrgxc
— Anna Meiler (@AnnaMeiler) June 11, 2021
“On behalf of the town of Braintree, welcome home Billy,” Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros said in a news conference at City Hall.
Cushing was not there. Police Chief Mark Dubois said the wounded officer had a procedure Friday morning before he left the hospital and that it was “kind of draining for him so he was pretty wiped out.”
“He’s pretty exhausted,” Dubois told reporters. “He’s in great spirits and it looks like he’s making good progress in his recovery.”
Deputy Police Chief Tim Cahoon revealed new details about last Friday’s shooting, saying a third Braintree police officer, Richard Seibert, was also there, but was not wounded. Seibert is a combat medic from the U.S. Army who’s been with the department for 16 years,
“If we were to pick three officers to endure something like this, it would have been those three, for a number of reasons,” Cahoon said.
The officers were responding to a report of a domestic incident at the Braintree Village apartment complex on McCusker Drive.
Cushing, Donoghue and K-9 Kitt went into the woods to track down Homen, and “they were essentially ambushed,” according to the chief.
Cushing was shot multiple times in his left arm, Dubois said Friday,
“He’s got a long-term recovery with the injuries he sustained,” the chief said
Donahue was shot in the shoulder and spent one night in the hospital. His recovery will be shorter, according to Dubois. Both Cushing and Donoghue were wearing bulletproof vests.
“Officer Seibert being trained as a combat medic came into play in a huge way in this incident,” Cahoon revealed Friday.
“Each officer engaged to mitigate this threat, two officers being struck. Officer Seibert was not hit, thankfully, and he was able to immediately, as soon as the threat had been mitigated, he was able to immediately render aid to his fellow officers in the form of trauma first aid and tourniquets that we’ve been carrying as a police department for several years.
“He brought a level of calm to that scene,” the deputy chief said. “As you could imagine, there were a lot of officers that showed up, trying to find him in the woods, and Officer Seibert directed their efforts on scene. And quite frankly, just did a tremendous job. Officers carried out William Cushing, and Officer Donoghue came out walking under his own power.”
K-9 Kitt was shot and died. Homen was killed by police in the shootout.
Cushing had worked 11 years with Kitt, Dubois said.
“To say he was a legend in the K-9 community would be putting it lightly. He will be forever memorialized because of his actions that day,” Cahoon said.
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Sony to reinstate Cyberpunk 2077 game on its PlayStation Store
A sign for the video game Cyberpunk 2077 displayed at the E3 2019 trade show in Los Angeles, California.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images
LONDON — Cyberpunk 2077 is returning to the PlayStation Store next week.
The beleaguered sci-fi video game will be reinstated on Sony's digital media store on June 21, according to a brief statement from publisher CD Projekt Tuesday.
Shares of CD Projekt jumped 6.5% on the news.
Cyberpunk was yanked from the PlayStation Store late last year in an unprecedented move following a backlash from fans over a multitude of bugs and performance issues on older consoles.
It was a major blow to CD Projekt, hitting sales at a time when demand for gaming was booming and Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X consoles were being released.
Cyberpunk had been heavily hyped prior to its release, with actor Keanu Reeves featuring as one of the game's main characters.
But it was hit with multiple delays in 2020 as developers raced to get the game ready for launch. When Cyberpunk finally released in December, angry gamers took to social media to share clips of the many issues they faced trying to play it.
The blunder eventually resulted in Sony and Microsoft offering players full refunds for digital versions of the game, with the former going a step further and delisting it from the PlayStation Store.
To make matters worse, CD Projekt said in February that it was hit with a ransomware attack. Hackers threatened to release the source code for games including Cyberpunk and role-playing game Witcher 3.
Last week, the company said data obtained during the cyberattack is now circulating online and may include information about current and former employees as well as games.