A Woburn police official is thankful that the final two arrests have been made in connection with the Sept. 6 shooting of fellow police officer Robert DiNapoli
DiNapoli was shot while responding to a botched jewelry store robbery.
Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo told FOX 25 that the department and DiNapoli are looking to move forward and are ready to let the healing begin.
“Officer DiNapoli is doing great. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery and we hope someday he will return to the department,” Ferullo said.
Following the shooting, Officer DiNapoli was first spotted at a softball tournament to support his Woburn Police teammates.
DiNapoli also made an appearance in court Wednesday for the arraignment of two teenaged girls, 18-year-old Allegra Martinez and 17-year-old Erianniss Murillo, who are facing criminal charges for the robbery and shooting.
Martinez is reportedly the daughter of a Boston police officer.
The addition of these two suspects brings the total arrest count to four.
Antonio Matos, 25, was shot near the Musto Jewelers on Cambridge Street on the day of the shooting and was arrested at the hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Hector Baez-Cruz, 21, was arrested days later.
Chief Ferullo is in constant contact with Officer DiNapoli, as well as his family.
When asked what Officer DiNapoli thinks of the two recent arrests, Ferullo replied, “Subdued happiness. It was a very traumatic time for him, an emotional time. He loves his job, he loves the people he works with, and it was just another step toward healing”
It has been a difficult year for the Woburn Police Department.
The day after Christmas in 2010 Officer Jack Maguire was shot and killed during an attempted robbery outside a Kohl’s Department store, and then 10 months later, Officer DiNapoli was shot and seriously injured.
Chief Ferullo joined the Woburn police force in 1980 and said in the past 30 years he did not remember a time he, or any other officer, had fired their service weapon. They have had to discharge their weapons twice in the past year.