One Less Gun: Officers Recover Six Illegal Firearms Over the Weekend

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Over the course of the weekend, members of the Boston Police Department were successful in seizing six illegal firearms from the streets of Boston in five separate incidents. A review of year-to-date statistics for the year 2014 shows that BPD officers have seized 291 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.

 “My officers continue to demonstrate a tremendous effort in making arrests and seizing illegal firearms out of the hands of criminals,” said Police Commissioner William Evans. “We can’t do this alone. We need residents and community leaders to help us in our goal to reduce violence. “

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:

Incident #1: At about 7:07 PM on Sunday June 8, 2014, while on patrol in the area of Parker Street and McGreevey Way in District B-2 (Roxbury), officers observed a motor vehicle operating with illegally tinted windows. As officers approached to investigate, they observed that the operator appeared extremely nervous while also attempting to conceal what appeared to be a firearm in his waistband. A pat frisk of the passenger allowed officers to recover a loaded .38 Special revolver as well as ammunition. Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile from Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

Incident #2: At about 11:29 PM on Sunday, June 8, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a traffic stop which led to an arrest and recovery of a firearm in the area of 98 Devon Street in District B-2 (Roxbury). While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed fail to stop at several red lights and stop signs. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop but were unsuccessful until the vehicle struck 3 parked cars and became disabled. At that time, two occupants fled from the vehicle on foot. Following a brief pursuit, officers were able to locate one of the individuals and recover a Ruger .22 caliber long automatic rifle. Officers arrested 32-year-old Derrick Wood of Dorchester for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm, as well as additional related charges. Detectives are continuing their investigation of the incident.

Incident #3: At about 1:06 AM on Sunday, June 8, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call to remove a large group in the area of 72 Bower Street in Roxbury. Upon dispersing the group, officers canvassed the area and were able to recover a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic firearm. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating this case and urge anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS.

Incident #4: At about 12:32 AM on Monday, June 9, 2014, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 72 Wildwood Street in Dorchester. Officers were directed to a residence where they were able to locate two firearms in a recycling bin and a trash can. Officers seized a loaded black HK USP Compact .40 caliber firearm, as well as a Phoenix .22 caliber long rifle. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating this case and urge anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS.

Incident #5: At about 1:22 AM on Monday, June 9, 2014 members of the Youth Violence Strike Force executed a search warrant in the area of 16 Groom Street in Dorchester which yielded the seizure of a black .22 caliber firearm as well as ammunition and illegal narcotics. Officers issued a summons to a 26-year-old male.