One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One Suspect and Recover an Illegal Firearm in Roxbury


At about 5:30 PM on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) Drug Control Unit, made an onsite arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm, and other firearm offenses in the area of Perrin Street.

Officers were monitoring the area due to complaints received regarding the sale of illegal drugs and previous firearm arrests.  While there, officers observed an unknown black male exit 19 Perrin Street and enter the passenger side of a motor vehicle parked in front. The same male exited the vehicle moments later and reentered the building, before the vehicle quickly pulled away. Based on observations made, officers had cause to believe that an illegal drug sale had just occurred. In an attempt to conduct a threshold inquiry, officers followed the vehicle a short distance, before activating the lights and sirens and stopping the vehicle outside 215 Walnut Avenue.  Officers approached the driver's side of the motor vehicle and requested the driver roll down the window.  Upon doing so, officers could smell what they believed to be burnt marijuana and observed the driver moving around suspiciously inside the vehicle.  In fear the occupants may be reaching for a weapon and or attempting to discard evidence, officers asked the driver to turn off the motor vehicle and to step out.  After a brief physical struggle with the male driver, in which he attempted to lock the driver’s side door behind him as he exited, officers recovered and removed 2 large plastic bags of marijuana from the front pouch of the driver’s sweatshirt. A female occupant was removed from the vehicle and detained. During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered a silver colored Smith and Wesson firearm and ammunition.

After not able to produce a license to carry, male suspect, Rashawn Washington-Clark, 19, of Boston was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. The female occupants was positively identified and released.