In the BPD's ongoing efforts to combat gun violence and target those who knowingly carry and possess illegal firearms in our city, BPD officers arrested three suspects and confiscated three illegal guns (see enclosed photos) in three separate incidents in a span of less than two hours. Said Commissioner William Evans, “I continue to be impressed with the work being done by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. Thanks to their ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of our city, there are three fewer guns in the hands of three individuals who thought they were above the law.”
The facts and circumstances of the three incidents are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: At about 12:25AM, on Saturday, August 2, 2014, officers assigned to the District B-3 Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were monitoring a large party in the area of West Main Street when officers observed an individual leaving the party and moving in such a way as if to suggest he may be in possession of a firearm. Specifically, officers observed the suspect repeatedly clutching at an object in his waist area. In light of these observations, officers approached the individual to further investigate and understand their suspicions. When officers asked the suspect if he was in possession of something he shouldn’t be, the suspect stated, “Yes.” A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to recover a loaded Ruger Storm pistol (see below).
Officers arrested Jonathan Osorio, 19, of Mattapan and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
INCIDENT #2: Less than two hours later, at about 1:54AM, members of the Citywide Drug Control Unit were on patrol in the area of Fields Corner when officers observed an individual, known to them through prior encounters and interactions, carrying a large backpack and acting and behaving in a suspicious manner. When officers, who were operating an unmarked police vehicle, slowed to engage the individual in conversation, the suspect abruptly and aggressively unzipped the backpack and reached into it in such a way as if to suggest he was reaching for a weapon. When the officers promptly and loudly identified themselves, the suspect released the item and took off running. After a brief foot chase and ensuing struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. A search of the backpack enabled officers to recover a loaded Intra tech .22 semi-automatic firearm with an extended clip (see below).
Officers arrested William Pritchard, 27, of Boston and charged him with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Unlawfully Carrying a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.
INCIDENT #3: Approximately 20 minutes later, at about 2:14AM, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Corbet Street when officers almost rear-ended a blue motor vehicle which made an unexpected and abrupt stop directly in front of their police vehicle. After the abrupt stop, the operator of the vehicle then refused to pull to the right of the road as his vehicle remained in the middle of the street thus creating an unsafe and hazardous situation for cars attempting to utilize the roadway. In light of the above, officers activated their lights and sirens and conducted a motor vehicle stop. While approaching the vehicle, officers observed both the front and rear passengers moving aggressively and ducking in such a way as if to suggest they were attempting to hide or conceal an object. For officer safety, the passengers were removed from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle enabled officers to recover a loaded black High Point .40 caliber Smith and Wesson model firearm.
Officers arrested a 17-year old male from Boston and charged with him Carrying a Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.
*** Noteworthy Statistics: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 390 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston. A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 360 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 750 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts. For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.