David Ortiz hires Boston’s ex-top cop to investigate shooting

Alleged mastermind behind Ortiz shooting wanted by US authorities
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A security camera in the Dominican Republic captured the moment David Ortiz was shot.

David Ortiz has hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to investigate his shooting at a Dominican nightclub in June, according to a Monday statement from the former Red Sox slugger’s spokesman.

Ortiz hired Davis a few weeks after he returned to Boston from the Dominican Republic, Joe Baerlein’s statement said.

“The Edward Davis Company is monitoring and analyzing information from various sources in the Dominican Republic around the motives for the shooting of David Ortiz on June 9th,” it said. “The Edward Davis Company is also providing personal security services for David Ortiz and his family.”

Davis served as police commissioner from 2006 to 2013, overseeing the department during the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing. He now runs a security firm and serves as an analyst for CNN affiliate WBZ.

A gunman shot Ortiz in the back while he sat on a crowded patio at Dial Bar and Lounge in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo.

The bullet passed through his lower back and perforated his intestines and lower organs before hitting his friend, TV personality Jhoel Lopez, in the leg.

Lopez was the actual target, not the MLB star, authorities said. Victor Hugo Gomez, who is accused of orchestrating the $30,000 botched hit, has been arrested, along with several other suspects.

Following surgery in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was flown to Boston, where he underwent additional procedures. He left intensive care June 22, almost two weeks after he was shot.

Massachusetts General Hospital released Ortiz last month. Big Papi called his doctors, nurses and caregivers “some of the best teammates I have ever had.”

On Sunday, the Red Sox legend posted his first photos since being shot. He was helping his daughter, Alex, move in to the Berklee College of Music for her first year.

Ortiz spent 14 years with the Red Sox, helping them win three World Series. He sits at No. 17 on the list of all-time home run leaders, with 541.