One Less Gun: Officers Display Extraordinary Levels of Courage, Composure & Restraint when Confronted by Two Gun Wielding Suspects in Charlestown: About 1:50am, on Saturday, February 7, 2015, officers were conducting surveillance in the area of 41 O'Reilly Way due to reports of gang activity in the area when officers observed three individuals - known to police - exiting a building in that area. Officers noted that the individuals appeared to be in a heightened state of uneasiness and apprehension with their heads swiveling and scanning the area in such a way as if to suggest they were mindful and cognizant of possible police surveillance. Officers noted that the group then split up with one individual going off in one direction while the other two individuals continued walking towards Monument Street. Unbeknownst to these two individuals, two officers, in an unmarked Boston Police cruiser, were parked and positioned just around the corner. Possibly mistaking the vehicle for one belonging to someone else, one of the suspects approached the car and began banging on the window with his fist. When the two officers promptly exited the vehicle, a physical struggle ensued as officers attempted to take the suspect into custody. Meantime, the third suspect, upon hearing the altercation, returned to the scene. As the third suspect approached the altercation, officers observed him produce a firearm and point it in the direction of the combatants. At this point, a third officer, seeing the suspect in possession of a firearm, immediately drew his firearm and ordered the suspect to drop the gun. However, instead of speedily adhering to the officer’s legal instructions, the suspect pointed his firearm at the officer. A few moments later, the suspect lowered his gun and took off running with the officer giving chase. After a lengthy foot pursuit, the suspect was eventually apprehended. A search of the suspect showed that he was no longer in possession of the firearm. When asked about the gun, the suspect stated that he tossed it. A search of the area for the firearm, with assistance from the Boston Police K-9 Unit and several responding units, was unsuccessful.
Officers arrested and charged a 17 year-old juvenile male from Boston with Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (gun) and the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.
Meanwhile, officers involved in the earlier altercation were unable to subdue the suspect who initiated the altercation when he banged on the officer’s car window. As officers attempted to arrest him, the suspect took off running with one of the officers giving chase. While running behind the suspect, the officer observed the suspect discard an object. Immediately after seeing the suspect discard the object, the officer heard a sound similar to that made when a metal object, possibly a firearm, strikes the ground. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate and take possession of a silver revolver. While the suspect was able to make good his escape, the investigation designed to ascertain his identity is active and ongoing.
Said Commissioner William Evans: “The composure, restraint and professionalism shown by the officers involved in this incident is nothing short of extraordinary. I can’t commend them enough. Thanks to their efforts, a gun-toting suspect is in custody and our city’s a safer place because of it.”
The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to call District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248.
Community members who wish to assist this investigation anonymously may call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently protects the identities of those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner. Nobody needs to know who you are - all that's needed is what you know.