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David Ortiz hires former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to look into his shooting in Dominican Republic

2019-08-26

David Ortiz and his wife Tiffany (left) with their daughter. Ortiz wrote on Instagram this weekend that they were dropping her off at college. (davidortiz / Instagram)

David Ortiz still wants answers.

The Red Sox legend has hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting in the Dominican Republic that left him seriously wounded.

Ortiz, 43, was shot in the back on June 9 outside a club in Santo Domingo by a gunman who drove up on a motorcyle and fired at close range. Several people are in custody, including the alleged mastermind, but investigators have said that Ortiz was not the intended target.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis speaks during a press conference after the arrest of a suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., in 2013.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis speaks during a press conference after the arrest of a suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., in 2013. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The retired Boston icon "had no basis for a long time to challenge their theory of mistaken identity,” spokesperson Joe Baerlein told the Globe in a story published Sunday. “However, as new facts continue to come up, it lends some optimism that there may be some other conclusions that are drawn before it’s over about why David was shot.”

Baerlein said Ortiz hired Davis recently, and Davis’ company “is monitoring and analyzing information from various sources in his native Dominican Republic around the motives for the shooting.”

“He’s damn interested in finding out what really happened,” Baerlein told the Globe, referring to the former Red Sox slugger.

Davis’ company is also providing security for Ortiz and his family, according to The Associated Press. Davis was the police commissioner in Boston when the marathon bombing stunned the city and the nation in 2013.

Ortiz was released from Massachusetts General Hospital last month. He posed with his daughter for a photo that was posted on Instagram on Sunday.

“A life experience take place on us dropping off one of my kids at college..... good luck with everything and remember ‘to be great you have to bring the best out of you everyday’ lov you....mom & dad!!!” he wrote.

The photo has received more than 250,000 likes.

With News Wire Services