One Less Gun: Concerned Citizen and District B-3 Front Desk Officer Assist Officers on Patrol in the Recovery of an Illegal Firearm

At about 10:50 PM on Saturday, May 23, 2015, the officer assigned to the front desk of District B-3 (Mattapan) received a telephone call from an anonymous caller who stated there was a person with a gun in front of the liquor store in the area of 1633 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan Square.

The officer advised units on patrol of the content of the call while keeping the anonymous caller on the line for more information. The caller reported that three males had flashed a gun, in particular a black male wearing a black coat and a black hat with yellow writing. Responding officers observed a large group in front of the above address. The officers approached the group and explained their presence, and due to the nature of the call, officers began to pat frisk the individuals for their safety. One male wearing a black coat and black hat with yellow writing immediately separated himself from the group and began to walk away. The male continued to ignore officers’ commands to wait. As the male fled, an approaching officer intercepted his escape. The male’s hands immediately went to his waistband, and a struggle ensued. Once the male was apprehended, a pat frisk revealed a loaded Ruger MKIII .22 caliber firearm in his waistband.

Further investigation revealed that 22-year-old Ishmael Lewis of Mattapan did not have a License to Carry. Lewis was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.