As a result of great police work and ongoing investigations, the Boston Police Department was successful in taking three illegal firearms off the streets of Boston during three separate incidents in the past 48 hours. The recently seized firearms bring the total number of firearms seized by the BPD as a result of street incidents this year (2014) to 186. The total number of illegal firearms taken off city streets in 2013 was 667.
The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:
Incident #1: At about 6:20 PM on Monday, April 28, 2014, officers assigned to the Citywide Bicycle Unit were notified by a passerby of a fight near 13 Columbia Road in District C-11 (Dorchester). As officers proceeded to the scene, they received a description of an individual involved in the altercation. Officers located this individual and observed him with what appeared to be a large firearm concealed under his overcoat. After speaking with the suspect, a canvass of the area allowed officers to locate a .22 caliber lever-action rifle near his persons.
Officers arrested 24-year-old Donald Pinckney of Dorchester and charged him with Carrying a Rifle or Shotgun in a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
Incident #2: At about 3:45 PM on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, as part of an ongoing investigation, members of the Special Investigations Unit observed an individual (known to the officers to be on probation) violate a court-issued stay-away order in the area of Rossetter Street in Dorchester. In addition to violating conditions of his probation, officers also observed the individual violate numerous auto laws. A stop of his motor vehicle revealed a loaded black Taurus .45 caliber automatic firearm, 12 small plastic bags of a substance believed to be marijuana, and 4 small plastic bags of a substance believed to be crack cocaine.
Officers arrested 25-year-old C’Sean Skerritt of Attleboro for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense), Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Substance (Crack Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Substance (Marijuana).
Incident #3: At about 10:09 PM on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) received information that two known members of a Boston street gang may be in possession of an illegal firearm in the area of Mass Ave and Huntington Ave in the South End. Officers proceeded to the area and observed two individuals fitting the suspect descriptions near 393 Mass Ave. An inquiry and pat-frisk of the individuals revealed a loaded black Walther PP7 firearm in the jacket pocket of one suspect.
The officers arrested one 16-year-old juvenile of Roxbury for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.