One Less Gun: Quick Acting BPD Officers Chase Down & Apprehend Gun Wielding Suspect in Dorchester

At about 6:52pm, on Monday, February 24, 2014, members of the City-Wide Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were on patrol in the area of 525 Talbot Ave when officers observed an individual sprinting down the street with a silver-colored firearm in his hand. Upon seeing the armed suspect, officers, with firearms drawn, immediately exited their cruiser, engaged the suspect and ordered him suspect to drop the gun. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect initially pointed his firearm in the direction of the officers and then, reconsidering his decision, took off on foot. Officers quickly gave chase in an effort to apprehend the suspect. Despite repeated commands instructing the suspect to drop the weapon, the suspect refused and continued running.  After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to chase down and apprehend the suspect. A search of the immediate area, retracing the steps taken during the foot chase, enabled officers to locate and recover a loaded firearm that had been discarded by the suspect as he attempted to elude officers.  

Officers arrested Shavea Ferguson, 19, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated/Altered Serial Numbers and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “Once again, we have reason to be proud of our officers and I want to commend the officers involved in this incident. Thanks to their dedication and devotion to keeping our city safe and reducing gun violence, an arrest was made and there’s one less illegal gun that could be used to harm someone in our neighborhoods.”