One Less Gun: Call for Loud Party Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm and the Arrest of Two Suspects


At about 12:52 AM on Sunday, November 29, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) recovered a firearm and arrested two suspects after responding to a call for a loud party and disturbance in the area of 42 Norton Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers observed a large group of males drinking alcoholic beverages outside the above mentioned address. While approaching the group with the intention of asking them to disperse, officers noticed and observed one individual, later identified as David Avelino, 27, of Boston, bending over and moving in such a way as if to suggest he was attempting to hide or conceal an object, potentially a firearm. In light of the individual’s suspicious behavior, officers promptly exited their cruiser to further investigate their observations. Once outside their cruiser, officers immediately observed a black firearm on the ground in close proximity to Avelino. As a result, officers immediately unholstered their department issued firearms and ordered all individuals to the ground. While the majority of the group adhered to the officer’s lawful instructions, one suspect, later identified as Joshua Teixeira, 20, of Boston, chose instead to resist and ignore the officers by refusing to get on the ground or to allow officers to see his hands. In addition to the above, Teixeira made several efforts to incite the crowd while instructing them to video the officers on scene.  

Officers arrested David Avelino, 27, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and the Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.      

Officers arrested Joshua Teixeira, 20, of Boston and charged him with Being a Disorderly Person and Resisting Arrest.

The loaded firearm was secured and taken into evidence.