New Details Emerge on the Alleged East Boston Shooter

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Who is the 33-year-old man who allegedly donned a bulletproof vest and opened fire with an assault rifle and handgun on police officers in East Boston?

The suspect, who was killed in the gun battle, was identified as Kirk Figueroa.

A Ford Crown Victoria with the name of a website, Elite Policing.org, was towed from the scene by police Thursday. The Globe has confirmed Figueroa is the person whose biography and photograph are posted on that website.

The website, which includes a photo of Figueroa wearing a red beret, describes him as a founder of the “Code Blue Protection Group,” a security company that describes itself as “providing unique, high tech security services for a diverse range of international clients.”

The website says he was a constable for the city of Boston. According to Boston City Council minutes, Figueroa was approved to be a constable by the council on April 13 following a background investigation by the Boston police’s department’s licensing unit.

He was one of several whose nomination was approved on a voice vote as a constable. Constables are authorized to serve legal papers connected to civil litigation.

The “Founder Biography” on the website also says Figueroa served from 2003 to 2011 in a military police battalion in the US Army Reserve.

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Source: The Boston Globe | Evan Allen