One Less Gun: Violation of the Auto Laws Allows Officers to Arrest One and Recover One Illegal Firearm in Roxbury

At about 10:26 PM on Friday, June 13, 2014, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force affected an onsite arrest of a person with a gun in the area of Halleck Street and Gurney Street in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While on patrol, officers conducted a traffic stop of a motor vehicle emitting a harsh and objectionable noise while traveling in the above area. One officer requested the operator’s license and registration while a second officer engaged the front passenger in casual conversation. The officer observed that the passenger appeared to be extremely nervous: breathing heavily, making furtive movements in the passenger seat, and avoiding contact with the officer. When the officer inquired if the passenger was alright, the passenger did not answer. Because the officer believed the passenger was displaying behavior of a person who may be armed with a weapon, the officer ordered the passenger out of the vehicle and frisked his person and the immediate area of the vehicle within his reach. The officer discovered a loaded Glock semi-automatic firearm inside the unlocked glove-box on the passenger side.

Officers arrested the 25-year-old suspect of Plaistow, NH and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.