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Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday, officers went to 94 Esmond St. in Dorcester after reported a 911 caller that a man standing outside a home might have a gun, according to police and Broadcastify recordings.

The caller identified the man as the father of a child who was staying with his mother’s new boyfriend, according to dispatch recordings.

“The caller says the boy’s father is in front of the boyfriend’s house,” the operator said. “They say he might have a gun, but they’re not sure.”

“Okay, we got it,” the officer responded.

At least two patrol cars headed to Esmond Street, and moments later an officer made a garbled call over the radio, followed by an officer who spoke more clearly.

“Shots fired. Shots fired,” he said.

“Okay, the shots were 94 Esmond. If people can start heading in that direction,” the dispatcher said.

Within minutes, an officer reported that the alleged shooter was detained and a gun was recovered, according to the recording. But police reported that an officer had been shot, according to the recordings.

“We have an officer shot in the chest. “It’s okay,” an officer said. “We’ll put him on a cruise ship.”

The officer requested that an ambulance be sent to the area “as soon as possible.”

Police and Boston Emergency Medical Services were working to get an ambulance to the scene, near the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and Harvard Street, when police decided to take the injured officer to Boston Medical Center. Other officers were assigned to block major intersections along Blue Hill and Harrison avenues.

At Boston Medical Center, Police Commissioner Michael Cox said the officer’s bulletproof vest likely saved his life.

“We are very fortunate tonight that our officer will be okay, at least physically,” Cox said. “He is very critical; We issue those vests for a reason. I don’t want to speculate, but [if not] Because of that vest, I don’t know if we would be saying the same thing.”

Cox said his officers were “heroic” in their response.

“I can’t describe how difficult this job is on a daily basis, and our officers continue to show up to the scenes to deal with the most difficult situations, showing the highest level of restraint that exists,” he said.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said she and Cox were able to meet the officer at the hospital and thank him.

“Tonight is another reminder of everything our officers and their families put at risk to serve our city,” he said. “I am very grateful to all the first responders who made sure he was okay and could receive medical treatment as quickly as possible while also resolving the situation and scene with the initial call. And for that, above all, I am very grateful to have been able to see him tonight and thank him and wish him a speedy recovery.”

A large police presence remained into the evening near Esmond and Bradshaw streets, a residential neighborhood just east of Franklin Park and the William J. Devine Golf Course.

Flashing blue lights from the hoods of several cruisers fanning the neighborhood illuminated the quiet area north of Franklin Field. Officers crowded into the middle of Esmond Street, which was blocked off by police tape.

Residents said the block where the shooting occurred is normally quiet.

“Usually I feel safe at night,” Latifa Ziyad said as she waited for police to let her return to her block. “It is a nice place.”

He said he has lived there for three years and has never seen anything like it. She had lived several blocks away, where there were more problems with violence.

Globe staff Nick Stoico, Sean Cotter and Emily Sweeney and Globe correspondent Adam Sennott contributed to this report.


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