One Less Gun: Two Arrested and Two Illegal Firearms Recovered by Boston Police Officers in Roxbury and Mattapan

Firearm recovered in Incident #1

In the Boston Police Department’s continued efforts to take illegal firearms off the streets of our city, officers recovered four guns in the span of eight hours on Sunday, August 17, 2014. In addition to recovering two firearms and arresting one suspect in relation to a shooting incident in Downtown Boston (see earlier post), BPD officers recovered two illegal firearms and arrested two in unrelated incidents in Roxbury and Mattapan.

The facts and circumstances of the incidents are as follows:

Incident #1: While on patrol at about 12:45 AM on Sunday, August 17, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed two males in the area of Harvard and Waterlow Streets in District B-3 (Mattapan) who appeared to be drinking alcohol in public. As officers approached to engage the pair in conversation, one male began to walk quickly away from the officers’ cruiser. Officers followed the individual in their cruiser and observed him crouch down behind the driver’s side of a parked car, where they heard the sound of a metal object hitting the pavement. When the officers investigated behind the vehicle, they observed a loaded black High Point 9MM semi-automatic firearm with obliterated serial numbers (see photo) on the ground where the suspect had crouched.

Officers were able to stop the suspect, and when he could not produce a license to carry, 21-year-old Shannon M. Thomas of Randolph, MA was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number.

Incident #2: While on patrol at about 3:53 AM on Sunday, August 17, 2014, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) observed a motor vehicle commit numerous traffic violations in the area of Belden Street. After following the vehicle for an extended distance, officers were finally able to make a stop of the vehicle and its occupants. Officers observed that the occupants of the vehicle were known to them and individuals with whom the officers had prior interactions earlier in the evening. An investigation led officers to retrace the flight path of the vehicle and recover a loaded silver and black Talon 380 firearm.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Thomas Depina of Dorchester and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle after Licensed Suspended/Revoked, Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device.