CORRECTION BELOW: BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE INCIDENTS FROM OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE INCIDENTS FROM OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Investigators Appeal to Public for Information

 

Boston Police are investigating the below incidents. Detectives are appealing to the public for information on each of the incidents below:

 

Death Investigation

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 7:16pm, officers from Area B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot at60 Hollander Street. On arrival, officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 9:55pm, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot at34 Norton StreetinDorchester. On arrival, officers located three shooting victims. One male victim was transported to theBostonMedicalCenterwhere he was later pronounced deceased. The other two victims were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

  • On July 5, 2011 at about 1:15am, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for two people shot at245 Columbia Road. On arrival, officers located two male victims. Both were pronounced deceased.

 

Non-Fatal Shooting Incidents:

  • On July 2, 2011 at about 5:00am, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot at42 Fuller StreetinDorchester. On arrival, officers located a male suffering a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was transported to theBostonMedicalCenterwhere he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

  • On July 3, 2011 at about 2:30am, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot at 9 Navillus Terrace. On arrival, officer located a male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to theBostonMedicalCenterwhere he is listed in stable condition.

 

  • On July 3, 2011 at about 7:08pm, officers from Area E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a call for two people shot at72 Pierce StreetinHyde Park. On arrival, officers located two male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Charges are anticipated for both of the individuals involved in this incident.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 1:14am, officers from Area E-18 (Hyde Park) responded to a radio call for a person shot at34 Ridlon Street. On arrival, officers located one victim, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wounds, who was transported to theBostonMedicalCenter

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 1:54am, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in area of Harvard Ave & Ripley Road. On arrival, officers located one victim, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wounds, who was transported to theBostonMedicalCenter.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at 11:34pm, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Talbot Ave & Washington Street. On arrival, officers learned that the victim had self applied to theCarneyHospitalwhere he was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

  • CORRECTION: The exact location of this incident is unknown. It is believed to be possibly connected to the incident above but did not occur at Blue Hill Ave and Morton St. On July 4, 2011 at about 11:33pm, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Blue Hill Ave & Morton Street. On arrival, officers located one male victim who was transported to theCarneyHospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

Non-Fatal Stabbing Incidents:

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 11:26pm, officers from Area D-4 (South End) responded to a call for two people stabbed at120 Huntington Ave.On arrival, officers located two victims. Both were transported to area hospitals. One victim is in critical condition, while the other is stable. Jose Soriano, 20, ofLynnhas been charged with Assault & Battery by means of Dangerous Weapon. Police are seeking a warrant for a 2nd suspect.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 11:33pm, officers from Area C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for persons stabbed in area of 52 Thomas Park. On arrival, officers located two victims who were treated for non-life threatening stab wounds.

 

  • On July 4, 2011 at about 11:34pm, officers responded to a call for a person stabbed at975 Blue Hill Ave.The victim, suffering non-life threatening injuries, was transported to theBostonMedicalCenter.

 

 

Contact Information:

Anyone with information on the above incidents is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

 

MEDIA AVAILABILTY:

 BOSTON POLICE INVESTIGATORS AND MOTHER OF INJURED CHILD MAKE PUBLIC PLEA FOR INFORMATION

WHO:             Boston Police investigators; mother of injured child injured

WHAT:           Boston Police investigators and the mother of the 4 year old child injured in the recent shooting incident at Harambee Park are making a joint appeal to the public for information regarding the incident.

On June 27, 2011 at approximately 9:20pm, officers responded to a radio call for a person shot at Harambee Park (Talbot Ave and Wales St.). Upon arrival, officers learned that a shooting incident had resulted in the injury of a 4 year old boy and a 24 year old male. The child was rushed to Boston Medical Center and he is currently listed in stable condition. The 24 year old male received a graze wound and was treated at Carney hospital.

WHEN:           Friday July 1, 2011 at 4:30pm

WHERE:        Boston Police Headquarters, Media Room

CONTACT:    If you have any information about the incident that occurred last evening, I urge you to come forward and contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist the investigation in an anonymous manner should call CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Community Complaints Leads to Recovery of Guns and Drugs and Arrests of Four Suspects

Last night members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit arrested several suspects for drug and gun related charges at 19 Irma Street. Suspect, Andre Malabre, 22 of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Distribution of Class B, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, and Possession of Class D. Officers additionally arrested suspects, Justin Haynes, 27 of Mattapan, Roosevelt R. Thornton, 22 of Roxbury, and Richard Griffiths, 20 of Brockton and charged them with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. The arrests of these suspects stemmed from numerous complaints from community members about drug activity in the area of Arbutus and Irma streets. As a result of these complaints, officers initiated an investigation commencing with surveillance of the area yesterday evening. While conducting surveillance, officers observed a person whose behavior was consistent with that of a person looking for drugs. Officers continued to watch this individual and watched her walk down Arbutus St. and eventually meet with suspect, Malabre. After some maneuvering, officers observed suspect Malabre engage in a hand to hand exchange with this individual.

After observing this hand to hand exchange, officers stopped the buyer and recovered the drugs that had just been purchased confirming their observations. Once their observations were confirmed, officers then returned and observed the suspect in front of 19Irma Street. Officers approached Malabre in front of 19 Irma St. and placed him under arrest. While placing the suspect Malabre under arrest, officers observed suspect Thornton with two other males on the porch of 19 Irma Street stand up and clutch his groin area. Offices knowing that suspects often times hide firearms in their groin area and conducted a pat frisk of the suspect, Thornton. Having felt something consistent with a firearm during the frisk, suspect Thornton stated to officers, “That’s just my keys!” Further search however resulted in the recovery of a loaded firearm from suspect Thornton’s groin area. Based on the circumstances, officers requested additional units to respond to their location to further investigate the other individuals on the porch. Officers then conducted a pat frisk of suspect Griffith who was still also on the porch. Pat frisk of suspect Griffith revealed him to be in possession of a large plastic bag containing 11 individually wrapped plastic from his front pants’ pocket. The third male, Haynes was pat frisked and a plastic bag containing marijuana found on his person.

After all suspects had been frisked, officers frisked the area of the porch where they had been seated and recovered another loaded handgun hidden in a speaker. Suspects, Griffith and Haynes then were arrested and charged with charges related to the gun as they were both in the area that the gun was recovered.

A Letter from Police Commissioner Edward Davis to the Residents of Mattapan and Dorchester:

Dear community members, Last night on June 27, 2011 at approximately 9:20pm, officers responded to a radio call for a person shot at Harambee Park (Talbot Ave and Wales St.). Upon arrival, officers learned that a shooting incident had resulted in the injury of a 4 year old boy and a 24 year old male. The child was rushed to Boston Medical Center and he is currently listed in stable condition. The 24 year old male received a graze wound and was treated at Carney hospital.

Boston Police investigators have been receiving tips from witnesses and continue to appeal to the community for assistance. Information developed from witnesses indicates that a male approached the area on foot and fired his weapon. Investigators continue to canvass the area to develop a more specific description of the suspect or suspects involved in this heinous act.

I am beyond outraged by the brazen nature of this incident and sickened by the total lack of regard for human life that led to the injury of this small child. As a community, we must come together and hold these violent suspects accountable for their wanton and reckless disregard for the safety of the public.

I would like to inform all of you of a list of initiatives that are ongoing by the Boston Police Department in partnership with city agencies:

  • Community members will immediately experience an increased uniform presence in the area of Harambee Park, Blue Hill Ave, Talbot Ave and Franklin Field.
  • The Safe Street Team along with Specialized Units will be on patrol and engaging with neighbors and local business.
  • The CrimeStoppers Unit is proactively engaging neighbors by distributing anonymous Text-A-Tip pamphlets and keeping residents informed of ongoing efforts.
  • The Neighborhood Crime Watch Unit is canvassing the area and encouraging individuals to take part in Neighborhood Crime Watch efforts. If you are interested in starting or joining a Crime Watch, you are encouraged to call 617-343-4345.
  • The patrol force is closely monitoring the activity and whereabouts of known gang associates.
  • Boston Police are utilizing all resources available to us to eliminate the gang and drug element from the area. You will continue to see updates on this effort on our public safety blog, BPDNews.com. You are also encouraged to connect with us via Facebook and Twitter to stay informed.
  • Officers are closely collaborating with Streetworkers to strategize on problem-solving initiatives. In addition, the Boston Public Health Commission will also be canvassing the area and engaging residents about ongoing concerns.
  • The Boston Regional Intelligence Unit (BRIC) along with our state and federal partners are laser focused on the profiles of specific targets in the area known to be engaged in violent behavior.
  • Command staff in conjunction with the BRIC are exploring the expansion of surveillance cameras.
  • Officers are also focused on ‘nuisance’ issues such as the activity surrounding motorbikes in the community. Officers have developed a strategy to address this issue and enforce concerns relative to driving to endanger, unlicensed/unregistered and its overall contribution to disorder. If you have any information about a nuisance issue related to motorbikes, please contact CrimeStoppers with a tip. The number is 1-800-494-TIPS.

Please remember that together we put the ‘Community’ in community policing. We depend on everyone’s participation and continued dedication to ensuring a safe neighborhood. We would like to express our concern for the victims of last night’s incident as well as our resolve to secure justice. Investigators spent last evening with the family of our 4 year old victim at the hospital and we wish him continued recovery.

If you have any information about the incident that occurred last evening, I urge you to come forward and contact homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members who wish to assist the investigation in an anonymous manner should call CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Best regards,

Police Commissioner Ed Davis

ID WANTED: DETECTIVES RELEASE SURVEILLANCE IMAGES FROM RECENT ARMED ROBBERY AT T-MOBILE STORE

On June 17, 2011 at 11:43am, three unknown suspects (BM between the ages of 25-32) robbed the T-Mobile store at 960 Morrissey Blvd at gunpoint. Witnesses described the suspects as followed:

 

Suspect #1

  • 5’9’’
  • 180 lbs
  • Wore black nylon scarf, black or blue baseball cap w/ ‘B’, blue jeans, brown zipped up hooded sweatshirt with gloves.

 

Suspect #2

  • 5’9’’-6’
  • Black knit cap
  • Brown zipped up hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants w/ green stripe along right leg and gloves.

 

Suspect #3

  • 5’7’’
  • 160 lbs
  • Black jacket, aviator sunglasses and carrying empty plastic bag

 

Community member who recognize these individuals are encouraged to contact C-11 detectives at 617-343-4335. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

A JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE BOSTON AREA RAPE CRISIS CENTER AND THE BOSTON POLICE SEXUAL ASSAULT UNIT

As a result of a recent news article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the issue of safety for undocumented victims of sexual assault or rape has come into question. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and the Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit wish to reassure victims that local law enforcement has no interest in a victim’s immigration status. Police are only interested in ensuring justice for a victim and holding a perpetrator accountable. “We feel that this is an important opportunity to let the public know that the police do not question a victim’s immigration status when they are reporting a crime”, said Captain Detective Mark Hayes of the Sexual Assault Unit.

Referring to a controversy surrounding statements reported in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette made by representative Fattman (R-Sutton), Gina Scaramella the Executive Director at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center stated, “We work hard to reduce the barriers for survivors to access as many options as possible from the rape crisis center, the hospitals, and the police.” Scaramella added, “Since people listen to public officials, it is very unfortunate whenever there is a statement made that makes our work to support victims more difficult.”

Captain Detective Hayes added, “In 2009, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security issued Adult Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Guidelines to set the baseline standard for handling these crimes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   In these guidelines there is recognition that immigration status is a barrier felt by victims in reporting this crime.  We work to provide reassurance to any victim facing obstacles because reporting the crime is the only way police are going to be able to hold offenders accountable.”

BARCC is the second oldest rape crisis center in the nation, and the oldest and largest in Massachusetts. With a service area of twenty-seven cities and towns and over three million people, we provide 24 hour help and support as well as prevention education. Visit www.barcc.org. For 24 hour support contact 800-841-8371.

 

For media inquires contact Gina Scaramella, Executive Director (617) 649-1265.

To view news story click below:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20110621/NEWS/110629940

http://telegram.com/article/20110608/NEWS/106089913/1116

 

A guest blog post from the Boston Public Library's Tom Blake (Digital Projects Manager): BPL recently posted an enormous and historic collection of crime scene photos to Flickr - read about them!

Earlier this month, the Digital Services Department of the Boston Public Library released several groups of images depicting historic local police scenes from the earlier part of the 20th century. These photographs were all taken by Leslie Jones, a Boston Herald-Traveler staff photographer who worked for most of the first half of that century. His personal photographic archive is currently stored at Central Library in Copley Square. The entire collection was digitized from the original glass and film negatives and the images will gradually appear on the BPL’s Flickr account over the next few years. Digitization included archival processing of the negatives into individual acid-free sleeves, transcription of the photographer’s original captions onto the new sleeves and into an Excel spreadsheet, and electronic conversion of the images using a 22 megapixel digital camera set up over a daylight-balanced, flicker-free light table.

Most of the collection’s 36,516 images stored in the BPL’s Print Department vault are arranged into photographer-assigned subject categories. Alphabetically, the collection gets off to a rough start with “Accidents: Miscellaneous” and ends no more peacefully with “Weather: Storms and Flooding.” The schadenfreude really kicks in as the sequence gets even more tragic with the recently released “Crime/Police” series, followed by “Fires,” “Military,” “Maritime Accidents,” and “War Days.” One would expect that some degree of levity could be found in the “Animals: Miscellaneous” series, but upon closer inspection this pendulous pachyderm appears to be only one poorly tied knot away from joining the “Maritime Accidents” bunch. And, these tricycle-riding monkeys are only slightly more festive than this group of police officers responding to a fatal manhole explosion on Summer Street.

 Joyous or otherwise, be sure to check out our most recently published images of your law enforcement predecessors during Prohibition and the Millen-Faber murder case – and be thankful you didn’t get this assignment.

BOSTON POLICE SEEKING INFORMATION ON RECENT HIT AND RUN INCIDENT: Detectives Release Surveillance Images of Suspect Vehicle

Boston Police detectives are appealing to the public seeking information on the driver responsible for a recent hit and run incident on Massachusetts Ave and Shirley Street in Roxbury. Detectives continue to actively investigate the facts and circumstances of this incident which has left a local woman suffering from critical injuries. On June 18, 2011 at 3:03am, officers from District C-6 responded to a radio call for a 23 year old female struck by a car at Massachusetts Ave and Shirley Street. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center and is currently listed in critical condition.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a gray or silver Chevy Impala with a spoiler on the rear. Detectives believe that the vehicle may have also sustained damage to the front end passenger side or passenger side mirror.

Detectives are urging anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information about the driver to please contact (617) 343-6430.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department wants to assure community members that the department is only interested in what you now, not who you are.

Death Investigation at 826 Blue Hill Avenue

Around 2:38PM, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to 771 Albany Street/Boston Medical Center for two self applied gunshot victims. On arrival, officers confirmed that two victims, a male and a female, suffering from gunshot wounds had self-applied to BMC. At about the same time, Boston Police Operations received a call for shots fired in the area of 826 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester. Investigators have determined that the incident involving the two victims originated in front of 826 Blue Hill Avenue.

The 47 year old male victim was pronounced shortly after arriving at the hospital. The 44 year old female victim is being treated for a non-life threatening injury. The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is interested in only what you know, not who you are.

B&E Suspect Caught Red Handed

Early this morning 12:32AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) arrested suspect, Nathaniel Miller, 48 of Dorchester and charged him Attempted Breaking and Entering in the Night. Officers responded to the corner of Middleton St. and Norfolk for a report of a breaking and entering in progress. En route, officers were updated with a suspect description describing the suspect as a black male, with medium build about 5’7” in his 20s or 30s wearing jeans.  On arrival, officers observed an individual matching the suspect description walking at the end of the driveway walking away from a broken window in the rear of 403 Norfolk Street. Officers stopped the suspect and questioned him about his purpose for being there and he stated that he was walking from Blue Hill Ave. and was simply cutting through to go home. While speaking to officers, they observed that the suspect had a cut on his hand and it was bleeding. After making note of the cut on the suspect’s hand, the suspect alleged to officers that he had cut his hand while jumping the fence.

Officers then walked down the driveway and there noticed that there was a broken window on the same side of the house that the suspect had been observed walking down. Officers then spoke to an anonymous caller who confirmed that the detained suspect was indeed the same person who was observed jumping over the fence and a short while later, the sound of glass breaking heard on the side of the house.

The suspect was then arrested and charged with the above offenses.

Reliable Information Leads to Gun Recovery

Last night around 6:10PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested suspect, Syrus Hampton, 20 of Mattapan and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. Officers were able to effect this arrest after they received information from a reliable source that the suspect, who was a t a cookout on Holworthy St. was in possession of a firearm and would be leaving soon. After receiving this information, officers observed an individual matching the described suspect’s description walk to a nearby parked car. The suspect within a short time walked away and came out a little while later accompanied by a female companion who got in the driver’s seat of the car and drove away. Officers followed the car and were able to block the car within a short period time. Both parties were removed and a frisk conducted of the car which resulted in the recovery of a loaded 45 caliber gun with the assistance of a canine.

Both parties were initially taken into custody until the suspect admitted to ownership of the gun.

First Rate Fan Behavior Highlights Today’s Bruins Victory Parade

The Boston Police Department would like to thank all those who attended today’s Rolling Rally and did so in a safe and responsible manner. Except for a few isolated incidents, the parade, held to celebrate the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks, went extremely well and the Boston Police Department is grateful to all those who attended and behaved in an orderly and respectful manner.  Said Commissioner Edward Davis, “It’s one thing to have a championship team; it’s another to have fans who behave in a championship manner. In the city of Boston, we’re fortunate to have both. Today, exemplary fan behavior was on full display throughout the day and all along the parade route.” 

In total, nine (9) arrests were made throughout the day and those arrested were charged with, among other things, Public Drinking and Disorderly Conduct.

Photo Opportunity: Boston Police Department Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony - Watch a Live Internet Broadcast of the Graduation on ‘BPDNews Live!’ At Ustream.tv!

WHO: Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendent Paul Joyce, Minister Don Muhammad, Brookline Police Chief Dan O’Leary, Command Staff, BPD Gaelic Column and Honor Guard, Graduating Recruits with their family and friends, BPD Chaplains (Reverend Gary Adams and Reverend Sean Connor). WHAT: Today’s ceremony celebrates the graduation of 64 Boston Police Department Recruits and 2 Recruits from the Brookline Police Department. Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis will welcome 64 men and women into the ranks of the Boston Police Department. The ceremony will include the badge pinning, special awards and remarks by several distinguished guests.

Individuals are also invited to view the graduation ceremony via a live internet broadcast located at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bpdnews-live.

In addition to the graduating recruits, Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis welcomed 44 new recruits to the Boston Police Academy on June 6, 2011. Over the next six months, these recruits will be subject to a strict regimen of intense training and education. The Academy will prepare the recruits to carry out the Boston Police mission of Community Policing to protect and service the citizens of Boston.

WHERE: The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00pm.

PHOTO OP: Boston Police Department Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony Tomorrow! Watch a Live Internet Broadcast of the Graduation on ‘BPDNews Live!’ At Ustream.tv!

Boston Police Department Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony Recruit Class 49-10 Watch a Live Internet Broadcast of the Graduation on ‘BPDNews Live!’ At Ustream.tv!

WHO: Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendent Paul Joyce, Minister Don Muhammad, Brookline Police Chief Dan O’Leary, Command Staff, BPD Gaelic Column and Honor Guard, Graduating Recruits with their family and friends, BPD Chaplains (Reverend Gary Adams and Reverend Sean Connor).

WHAT: Tomorrow’s ceremony celebrates the graduation of 64 Boston Police Department Recruits and 2 Recruits from the Brookline Police Department. Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis will welcome 64 men and women into the ranks of the Boston Police Department. The ceremony will include the badge pinning, special awards and remarks by several distinguished guests.

Individuals are also invited to view the graduation ceremony via a live internet broadcast located at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bpdnews-live.

In addition to the graduating recruits, Mayor Menino and Commissioner Davis welcomed 44 new recruits to the Boston Police Academy on June 6, 2011. Over the next six months, these recruits will be subject to a strict regimen of intense training and education. The Academy will prepare the recruits to carry out the Boston Police mission of Community Policing to protect and serve the citizens of Boston.

WHERE: The Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester

WHEN: Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 3:00pm.

REMARKS OF DISTRICT ATTORNEY DANIEL F. CONLEY ON THE JUNE 14, 2011, POLICE-INVOLVED SHOOTING OF TYRONE CUMMINGS

BOSTON, June 14, 2011—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today joined Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis at Boston Police Headquarters and delivered the following remarks on the officer-involved shooting of TYRONE CUMMINGS (D.O.B. 8/27/85) of Dorchester during an incident on Dunbar Avenue this morning: “Of all the calls a police officer can respond to, few are more volatile than those involving domestic violence.  We saw that in stark relief this morning.  And while we’re deeply relieved that Officer Marando’s surgery this morning was successful, we’re also mindful that he was shot by a man who – at this early stage – appeared to have been preparing to use deadly violence against an intimate partner.

“We don’t know his intentions, but we know he brought two illegal handguns and a bag full of bullets to the altercation he had with that young woman.  When we consider what he may have had planned, we consider it in light of those facts.

“My office has already begun two separate but parallel investigations into this morning’s incident on Dunbar Avenue.  Both are being led by senior prosecutors.  The first is into Tyrone Cumming’s discharge of a firearm at three Boston police officers, as well as any other assault-related offenses he may have committed against his girlfriend, the female victim, or her child.

“The second investigation is our standard use of force investigation.  We review the facts and circumstances of every police-involved shooting to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.  At this very early stage, the officers appear to have acted in defense of themselves and others.  And while the exact sequence of shots has not yet been determined, there is no question that Mr. Cummings initiated this morning’s gunfight when he produced an illegal firearm and pointed it at responding Boston Police.

“Cummings is currently in custody at the Boston Medical Center.  We expect he’ll be arraigned in his hospital bed there on multiple assault, firearm, and attempted murder charges, possibly as early as tomorrow.

“For now, I’d like to wish Officer Marando a very speedy recovery, on behalf of myself and my office.”

Conley urged victims of any crime, including intimate partner violence, to call 911 in an emergency. SafeLink, a statewide domestic violence hotline, can be reached at 877-785-2020. SafeLink is answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as TTY at 877-521-2601. It also has the capacity to provide multilingual translation in more than 140 languages.

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All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

UPDATE: BOSTON POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING INCIDENT at 22 WENTWORTH TERRACE

Suspect Expected to Face Numerous Charges

This morning at 6:42 am, Boston Police officers from District B-3 responded to a call for a domestic violence incident at 22 Wentworth Terrace (which becomes Dunbar Ave.).

Dunbar Avenue in Dorchester. The female caller reported to 911 that her boyfriend had assaulted her and was threatening to kill her.

Several Boston Police officers arrived to the scene and observed a male in front of the residence.  As the officers approached, the male suspect turned toward them, pointing his firearm, shot at the officers and struck one of our officers.  At that time, the officer returned fire. A second officer on the scene also discharged his firearm. The male suspect was struck multiple times, transported to BMC and is currently listed in stable condition.

A female relative (of the initial female victim) who was also located outside of the residence was struck during the encounter. She received a non-life threatening wound to the leg and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. She is in stable condition.

After the incident, ballistics evidence from the crime scene was also located inside the Fifield Elementary School. The incident occurred two hours prior to the school opening and there were no reported injuries.

We are thankful to report that our officer is recovering from surgery and is in stable condition.

The investigation is currently ongoing by the Boston Police Homicide Unit, the Boston Police Firearm Discharge Investigation Team and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

The male suspect, 25 year old Tyrone Cummings of Dorchester is under guard at the hospital and is expected to be charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, multiple firearm and domestic violence related charges.

Commissioner Davis stated, “I would like to thank all of the Boston Police members for their actions this morning and commend the ongoing hard work and sacrifice made every day by our dedicated officers. As this incident demonstrates, there is no such thing as a routine call. Commissioner Davis added, “Domestic violence calls can be one of the most dangerous calls that an officer responds to. Traffic stops and domestic violence calls are the leading cause of line of duty deaths for police officers. I would like to express my thoughts and well wished to our officer Shawn Marando and his family. We will continue to support him and his family in the days to come.”

Officer Marando is 46 years old, a 13 year veteran of the Boston Police Department and currently assigned to District B-3.

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT: PARKING REGULATIONS FOR BOSTON BRUINS STANLEY CUP FINAL

The Boston Transportation Department will implement temporary parking regulations in the vicinity of North Station, the Fenway/Kenmore Square area and the Faneuil Hall area during Wednesday night’s Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final. The restrictions are similar to those posted for Monday evening’s home game.

The City of Boston strongly urges hockey fans to take public transportation to celebrations surrounding the Stanley Cup Finals.  Parking regulations will be strictly enforced, and vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed.

Signs reading “Tow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event, Wednesday 6 PM – 2 AM” will be posted on the following streets:

North Station Area:

  • Beverly Street, from Causeway Street to North Washington Street
  • Canal Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
  • Causeway Street, from North Washington Street to Merrimac Street
  • Friend Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
  • Haverhill Street, from Causeway Street to North Washington Street
  • Lancaster Street, from Causeway Street to Merrimac Street
  • Medford Street, from North Washington Street to Causeway Street
  • Merrimac Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
  • Portland Street, from Merrimac Street to Causeway Street
  • Rip Valenti Way, from Merrimac Street to North Washington Street

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Faneuil Hall Area:

  • Hanover Street, from Congress Street to Surface Road
  • North Street, from Congress Street to Surface Road
  • Union Street, from North Street to Hanover Street

 

Fenway Park/Kenmore Square Area:

  • Brookline Avenue, from Yawkey Way to Commonwealth Avenue
  • Burlington Avenue, from Brookline Avenue to End
  • Fullerton Street, from Brookline Avenue to End
  • Beacon Street, from Bay State Rd. to Deerfield Street
  • Commonwealth Avenue, from Brookline Avenue to Kenmore Street
  • Kilmarnock Street, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue
  • Lansdowne Street, from Brookline Avenue to Ipswich Street
  • Overland Street, from Brookline Avenue to End
  • Van Ness Street, from Ipswich Street to Kilmarnock Street
  • Yawkey Way, from Boylston Street to Brookline Avenue

 

To protect the safety of residents and guests, the Boston Police Department may further restrict vehicle parking and limit vehicular and pedestrian access.

 

“These parking regulations are designed to ensure safety and accessibility in the city during and after the Boston Bruins game,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin.  “This is an exciting time for hockey fans but we must remember to act responsibly and enjoy the experience in a positive manner.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Death Investigation at 113 Evans Street in Dorchester: Homicide Victim Identified

On Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 9:54AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a “ShotSpotter” activation in the area of 113 Evans Street. While en route, officers were advised that the call had been upgraded to a person shot. Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old black male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center suffering from life threatening injuries where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. The victim has been identified as Mark Thomas-Little, 20, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.