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Officer wounded by Boston bombers was VMI grad

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The transit officer shot and wounded during Friday morning's gunfight between police and the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has ties to our area.

VMI has confirmed that 33-year-old Richard Donohue is a 2002 graduate, who majored in history.

Donohue was injured as police chased 19-year-old Dzhokahr Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev through Watertown, Massachusetts overnight after authorities say they robbed a nearby 7-Eleven, shot and killed an officer at MIT, and carjacked an SUV.

Officials say the pair fired at officers and threw explosives out the window.

During a news conference Friday morning, authorities said Donohue was in surgery at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

Jake Copty, a Roanoke real estate agent, entered VMI with Donohue and says the two still stay in touch.

"He was an extraordinarily funny, fun person with a lot of positive attributes" said Copty. "He is good at what he does and takes that very seriously."

Copty says after the two graduated from VMI in 2002, Donohue went into the Navy and then joined the Boston Transit police where he's been for about three years.

Copty says they two have a lot of mutual friends who are in the Boston area.

"[He] represents the best of what VMI has to offer" said Copty.

Well wishes are coming from Virginia politicians.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with VMI grad MBTA officer Richard Donohue, injured this morning in Watertown" tweeted Gov. Bob McDonnell.

"Rooting for recovery of injured Boston transit officer Richard Donohue" tweeted Senator Mark Warner.