One Less Gun: BPD Officers Involved in Violent Struggle with Armed Suspect in Roxbury

At about 3:08 PM on Wednesday April 15, 2015, officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest at 30 Harold Street in Roxbury.  Officers were performing surveillance in the area due to the recent increase in firearm related violence which included firearm recoveries, several calls for shots fired and a person shot.

Officers observed the suspect, later identified as Jordan Evans, 21, of Roxbury, behaving in a suspicious manner and approached to speak with him.  When the suspect refused to take his right hand out of his jacket pocket, officers performed a pat frisk and felt what they immediately recognized as a firearm in the suspect’s right hand.  A violent struggle ensued, with the suspect in control of the weapon as officers wrestled him to the ground.  Showing great restraint and tremendous courage in the face of this imminent danger, officers were able to prevail, placing the combative suspect in custody and recovering the loaded firearm. The RG Industries RG26 .25 Caliber Semi-Automatic Handgun was turned in as evidence.

The suspect was transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the struggle and will be booked and charged with several firearms violations upon his release.  Arraignment will be in Roxbury District Court.