COURAGEOUS COPS SEIZE A GUN AND ARREST ONE AFTER FOOTCHASE IN ROXBURY
At about 1:16am, on Thursday, November 5, 2009, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol when they observed a motor vehicle driving erratically in the area of Egelston Square. While following the car, officers observed the operator attempt to park in an illegal parking spot. Specifically, the operator of the car was attempting to park in front of a hydrant in the area 42 Walnut Park. A check of the motor vehicle through the Registry of Motor Vehicles revealed that the owner of the car was – in fact – unlicensed. When officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) in an effort to stop the car, the operator of car refused to acknowledge the officer’s effort to stop the car. After travelling a short distance, the operator of the car quickly applied the brakes, exited the car and fled.
Officers promptly exited their cruiser and began to pursue the suspect on foot. While running behind the suspect, officers noted that the suspect was in possession of a firearm. As a result, officers quickly began ordering the suspect to: “Drop the Gun.” Despite the officer’s repeated commands, the suspect refused to drop the firearm. Officers were able to catch up to and tackle the suspect to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspect continued to fight and combat the officers. After a physical struggle, officers were able to wrestle the firearm away from the suspect.
Officers arrested Dominique Wardsworth, 20, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery by Means of Dangerous Weapon (gun) on a Police Officer and Assault with Intent to Murder.
CAR STOP LANDS TWO IN CUSTODY AFTER POLICE OBSERVE GUNS AND DRUGS IN OPEN TRUNK
At about 1:56am, on Friday, November 6, 2009, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) were on patrol in the area of Columbus Ave when they observed a motor vehicle take a right turn at an intersection where there was a posted sign that read: ‘No Turn On Red’. As a result, officers stopped the motor vehicle. While approaching the car, officers noted that the trunk was open. When asked to explain why the trunk was open, the operator of the car stated, “It sometimes opens up on its own.” When officers looked inside the open trunk, officers observed in plain sight a large bag containing what appeared to be a green leafy substance (marijuana). Upon further inspection, officers observed and took possession of two firearms. At this point, officers instructed the occupants of the motor vehicle to exit the car.
Officers arrested Akeem Nieves, 18, of Rhode Island and Joshua Calvin, 20, of Rhode Island charged both with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana).