Sgt. Richard Donohue, wounded in gunfight with Boston bombers, retires

Sgt. Richard "Dic" Donohue was shot during an active police pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers as they attempted to flee Boston in 2013.

Story highlights

  • Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police Sgt. Richard "Dic" Donohue is retiring three years after being shot
  • He says he's been unable to fully recover and cannot physically perform his policing duties
  • Donohue has taken a teaching position in criminal justice at local college, he says

(CNN)A police officer critically injured during the pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013 announced his retirement Tuesday, according to an official news release.

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police Sgt. Richard "Dic" Donohue, 36, has decided to retire three years after being shot during an active police pursuit of the Tsarnaev brothers as they attempted to flee Boston.
The shot, which resulted in severe injuries and nearly fatal blood loss, has limited his ability to recover fully, Donohue said in the news release.
    After two years of committing himself to full active service, Donahue said the near constant pain in his legs from the shot has made it impossible to fully perform his duties as a police sergeant.
    "Unfortunately, I must now acknowledge the extent of my injuries and limitations," said Donohue in the release. "Physically, I cannot perform at 100 percent and must do what is right for myself, my co-workers and my department."
    Despite his inability to fully recover, Donohue remains positive about his time on the police force. He is an active speaker at various law enforcement and community functions and has accepted a position teaching criminal justice at a local college, according to the release.
    "I am alive, and have many plans for the future," Donohue said in the release. "If I had a choice, I would continue to serve as a police officer for decades to come, but those were not in the cards I was dealt."
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 22, was convicted last year to killing four people and injuring more than 260 people in the April 2013 bombing. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection, a sentence his lawyers are appealing.
    His brother, Tamerlan, died hours after the gunfight where Donohue sustained his injuries.