ONE LESS GUN: Returning to the Scene of the Crime Enables BPD Officers to Arrest One and Seize a Gun after an earlier Call for Shots Fired in Roxbury - At about 11:31am, on Saturday, December 27, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 64 Moreland Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers quickly established the fact that no one had been injured. A search of the area, however, enabled officers to locate ballistic evidence in the form of what appeared to be four spent rounds. While on scene, officers received information indicating that a black Mercedes SUV with tinted windows was seen fleeing the area immediately after the shots had been fired.
Approximately 30 minutes later, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Brookford Street when they observed a motor vehicle matching the description of the vehicle seen fleeing the area of the earlier call for shots fired. After observing the car fail to properly use its turn signal, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the vehicle. When asked to produce a valid driver’s license, the operator was unable to do so. An additional check into the status of the operator’s license via the Registry of Motor Vehicles showed that the operator’s license to operate had been suspended.
In light of the above, officers arrested Henry Lee, 20, of Randolph and charged him with Operating after License Suspension.
An inventory search of the arrestee’s motor vehicle prior to it being towed from the scene enabled officers to see and take possession of a firearm found in the vehicle’s middle console area. Consequently, Mr. Lee was additionally charged with the Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and the Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.
Said Commissioner William Evans: “I continue to be impressed by the work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Thanks to them and their efforts, over a thousand guns have been taken off the streets of our city and I can’t thank my officers enough for their dedication and devotion to protecting and serving the citizens of Boston.”
*** Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 638 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 409 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 1047 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.