Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for Outstanding Police Work

On Thursday April 23, 2015, several Boston police officers were commended at the department’s Compstat meeting for their remarkable work over the past weeks. The details of the incidents are as follows:

Police Officers Angel Figueroa, Elias Cruz. William Louberry, Ydritzabel Oller, Tony Szeto

Incident #1:  At about 10:30 AM on Wednesday February 11, 2015, Officer Louberry while performing a paid detail came upon a violent and brazen shot’s fired incident near 891 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.

Officer Louberry transmitted over the Boston Police radio that a person was shooting and running down Centre Street.  A short time later, the officer stated the suspect was now firing the weapon at him.  Officer Louberry pursued the suspect into a backyard on Aldworth Street where responding officers were able to apprehend him.

As the arrest was being made, Szeto and Cruz proceeded to Centre Street where they located a person shot, immediately called for an ambulance, rendered aid to the victim and established and protected the crime scene.   Sadly despite the officers’ best efforts, the victim later succumb to his grave injuries; a tragic outcome to a senseless act of violence perpetrated on a busy city street in broad daylight.

The immediate response of these officers, apprehension of suspects, and crime scene preservation, allowed the Homicide Detectives to locate evidence, conduct interviews, and ultimately arrest the suspect for homicide. 

Officer Louberry used great restraint and judgment by choosing not to fire back at the suspect after being fired upon.  Officer Louberry, being aware of the time of day and the civilian presence on Centre Street, instead chose to bravely pursue the suspect, providing the information to arriving units which ultimately led to the arrest. 

Officer Cullen and Oller had keen judgment and observations to notice the actions of the suspect, while he tried to elude capture.  Officers Szeto and Cruz located the original crime scene and were able to protect it from compromise.  Officer Figueroa located Officer Louberry and remained with him for the remainder of the day, being mindful that even the most courageous of officers could use support in the aftermath of a highly stressful situation.

For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

Police Officers Belgrave and Vest

Incident #2:  At about 3:45 PM on Friday, April 3, 2015, Officers Vest and Belgrave arrested two suspects on drug and weapons charges as the result of a motor vehicle investigation in the area of Cornell Street and Colberg Avenue in Roslindale.

Upon seeing a motor vehicle parked facing the wrong direction on Cornell Street; officers approached the car to further investigate their observations. While approaching the car, the officers noted that the two individuals inside the car were moving in such a way as if to suggest or indicate either drug usage or a drug transaction.  Officers learned that the driver had a lengthy criminal record including two prior convictions for unlawfully carrying firearms and that his driver’s license had been suspended.  Officers removed the suspects from the vehicle after observing both of them grabbing for and reaching towards a black bag on the front passenger-side floor area.  Officers then performed a pat frisk of the bag and recovered a loaded American Tactical .45 caliber ACP semi-automatic handgun.  Officers later recovered heroin and prescription pills from the bag as well. 

The driver was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  The passenger was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of Class A Drugs and Possession of Class B Drugs.

Through persistence and attention to detail Officers Vest and Belgrave were able to apprehend two criminals and remove a firearm from the streets. 

For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

 

Incident #3: The Boston Police Fugitive Unit is tasked with conducting investigations to locate and apprehend suspects wanted for murder and other violent offenses in the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts.  In doing so, they also travel throughout the country and even internationally with members of the US Marshals Service in order to locate individuals wanted by the Boston Police Homicide Unit and other units within the Boston Police Department who request their assistance. 

During the first two weeks of March 2015 the Fugitive Unit was assigned to locate numerous wanted suspects wanted for homicide.  They executed numerous search warrants and arrested ten separate suspects for murder. These investigations required countless hours of surveillance that culminated in a safe effective tactical plan to make the arrests of these violent criminals.

The members of the Fugitive Unit are relied upon to track the most violent and illusive offenders in the City. These above mentioned arrests for homicide and rape have brought closure to family and friends of over a dozen victims in just a short two week period. They are consistent in their efforts and have conducted these in-depth investigations with the utmost professionalism and safety of all concerned.

For their efforts they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation and the Fugitive Unit is hereby awarded a Unit Citation.