One Less Gun: Continued Crack Down on Gun Violence Enables BPD Officers to Recover 5 Illegal Firearms in Less than 24 Hours

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In less than 24 hours, members of the Boston Police Department were successful in seizing five illegal firearms from the streets of Boston in four separate incidents. A review of year-to-date statistics for the year 2014 shows that BPD officers have seized 275 illegal firearms and recovered over 10,000 rounds of ammunition from the streets of Boston. The total number of seized guns in Boston in 2013 was 667.

“These are quality gun seizures. All four of these incidents were officer-initiated which shows me that my officers are out there working hard and being proactive in taking illegal guns out of the hands of those who may jeopardize the safety of our city’s neighborhoods," said Commissioner William Evans. "I want to commend my officers for the great work they are doing."

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:

Incident #1: At about 2:20 AM, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, while on patrol in the area of 77 Thetford Avenue in District B-3 (Mattapan), an officer observed two males standing next to a motor vehicle parked in the middle of the road. As the officer approached to investigate, he observed one of the males flee on foot into the rear of the above address. The second male reported to the officer that he was called to deliver a pizza at the above address and had been robbed at gunpoint by two males, one of whom was wearing a black mask. The officers made contact with a resident who allowed officers into the apartment. Once inside, officers found two males fitting the descriptions of the suspects and a black mask in plain view. Officers froze the apartment and obtained a search warrant. As a result of the warrant, officers discovered and recovered a loaded black Ruger P345 handgun in the residence. The gun and mask were seized as evidence. District B-3 detectives are investigating further.

Incident #2: At about 2:01 PM, on Thursday, May 29, 2014, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit and Youth Violence Strike Force began surveillance of a group exhibiting suspicious behavior consistent with the presence of a firearm in the area of 52 Everton Street on District C-11 (Dorchester). The area is well-known to officers due to past incidents and calls for shots fired, persons shot, street gang activity and firearm arrests. As a result of their surveillance and observations, officers were able to conduct an inquiry of five young males. During this inquiry, officers observed a loaded sawed-off shotgun in plain view. All parties were handcuffed for officer safety, and during this process a 16 year-old juvenile from Dorchester punched an officer in the face with a closed fist. He was placed under arrest and charged with Assault & Battery on a Police Officer. A second suspect, 20 year-old Bobby L. Leslie of Dorchester, could not produce a License to Carry. Therefore, he was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Incident #3: While on patrol at about 9:36 PM on Thursday, May 29, 2014, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) observed two males walking on the sidewalk in the area of 12 McLellan Street. Upon seeing officers, one of the males crouched down behind a car before both males fled the area on foot. Following a brief foot chase, officers were able to locate the two suspects. While canvassing the areas in which the two suspects fled, officers were able to recover two illegal firearms. Officers also recovered illegal narcotics during the booking process.

Officers arrested 25 year-old Christopher Henry of Mattapan and 24 year-old Dwayne Leaston-Brown of Dorchester. Henry was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Distribution of Class B Drugs, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Leaston-Brown was charged with Carrying a Loaded Gun, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Trespassing.

Incident #4: While on patrol at about 12:38 AM on Friday, May 30, 2014, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) observed a black motor vehicle operating with its headlights off in the area of 646 Blue Hill Avenue. Officers initiated a traffic stop and observed two occupants in the vehicle. While approaching the vehicle, officers picked up on an odor of marijuana and observed the passenger not wearing his seatbelt. The operator stated he had just smoked marijuana. At this time, officers requested the passenger’s ID in order to issue a citation and were informed that he did not have one. Officers observed the passenger attempt to conceal a white plastic bag underneath the seat. Further investigation revealed that the passenger had an active warrant for his arrest. An inventory of the motor vehicle enabled officers to locate and seize a loaded firearm located inside of the white plastic bag, as well as, illegal narcotics.

Officers arrested the operator, 22 year-old Dakwain Nwaford of Roxbury, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Officers also arrested the passenger, 18 year-old Ka’Refi Hillery of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers, and Buying, Receiving, or Concealing Stolen Goods.