One Less Gun: Violent Struggle Nets Gun and Drugs in Charlestown

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

At about 12:00 PM on Monday, October 6, 2014 members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of 49 Walford Way in Charlestown due to recent shots fired incidents. As the officers patrolled the area, the observed a group of males standing outside 49 Walford Way. When the officers approached to speak with the group, one individual turned from officers holding his waistband and ran into the building locking the door behind him. A quick thinking officer went to the rear door, entered the common area and observed the individual standing in the hallway. As the officer approached, the individual took off running up the stairs. While on the stairs, the officer grabbed the individual and immediately felt a firearm in the waistband of the individual. At the top of the landing the individual continued to resist the officer's commands and a violent struggle ensued.  During the struggle, the individual attempted to pull the firearm from his waist area several times. The gang unit officer was able to gain control of the individual and secure the loaded gun, (pictured above) that was taken from the individual's waist area. 

Also recovered were 23 individual small bags containing what is believed to crack cocaine, and one plastic bag of what is believed to be marijuana from the floor of the landing where the struggle took place.  

Officers arrested 18-year-old Leroy Gales of Charlestown and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession With Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs (Crack Cocaine), and Possession of Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. Also arrested was 19-year-old Dayvone James of Dorchester charged with Trespassing. The other individuals were identified and released.