One Less Gun: BPD Assists Transit Police Officer in Recovering Firearm from 16-Year-Old Juvenile

At about 3:15 PM on Monday, November 2, 2015, an officer from District C-11 (Dorchester) on-sited a disturbance from a large group in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Faulkner Street.

As the officer approached the group, she observed a Transit police officer struggling with a young male. The BPD officer exited her cruiser and ran to assist her fellow officer. The Transit officer yelled, “He had a gun!” as the BPD officer helped to gain control of the male and place him in handcuffs.

The Transit officer informed the BPD officer that she had observed the youth arguing with an adult and attempted to separate them. As the adult ignored the Transit officer’s commands to disengage with the young male, the adult informed the officer that the child had a gun. When the Transit officer conducted a pat frisk of the male, she recovered a loaded .380 Iver Johnson Pony semi-automatic firearm. When she attempted to place the suspect into custody, a struggle ensued before the BPD officer came to her aid. Due to the suspect’s age, officers determined it was not necessary to request a license to carry.

The 16-year-old juvenile from South Boston was placed under arrest and charged with Delinquent to wit; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.