One Less Gun: BPD Officers & Longwood Security Personnel Team Up to Arrest One and Recover Two Illegal Firearms

At about 1:31AM, on Saturday, August 30, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a call for shots fired (courtesy of Shot Spotter) in the area of 70 Worcester Street. While en route to the call, officers learned that two security guards who had heard the shots fired were involved in a foot pursuit with an individual or individuals believed to have fired the shots. Officers were able to locate the security guards who were detaining a suspect in the area of 492 Massachusetts Avenue. Officers spoke to the security guards (employed by Longwood Security) who stated that, upon hearing the shots, they promptly exited their security office and observed two armed individuals running away from scene. Upon seeing the suspects, the security guards gave chase and state that they observed one of the suspects discard a heavy object, possibly a firearm, into some shrubbery in the area of Northampton Street. Officers retraced the steps taken by both suspects as they attempted to elude the pursuing security guards. A search of the area enabled officers to find and take possession of two firearms. In addition to the two firearms, officers were able to locate and recover several spent shell casings in the area of Lattimore Court. A search of the area for the second suspect, however, proved unsuccessful.   

Officers arrested Tyrone Brimage, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm w/in 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Resisting Arrest. 

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 465 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, 382 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 847 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.