One Less Gun: Officers Prevent Potential Danger, Recover Two Firearms in Roxbury

At about 7:30 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a group of kids drinking and playing with a taser in the area of 39 Mount Pleasant Avenue in Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers observed multiple persons in possession of open containers of alcohol on the front steps of residences in the above area. As the officers approached, many of these individuals (who were known to police officers) began to move into the street and sidewalk in front of 39 Mount Pleasant Ave. Officers were also aware of threats made by one of these individuals that referenced shooting police officers and a recent incident in Boston during which an officer suffered a gunshot wound.

While on-scene, officers were informed by nearby residents that they were afraid of this group and feared for their safety when they walked in and out of their homes. The residents reported the group was consistently drinking and smoking in the common area.

Officers were then allowed access to the building to conduct a protective sweep of the vicinity. During this sweep, officers observed two loaded firearms—one Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver and one Raven Arms .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun—in an unlocked charcoal grill in the common area of the building. In addition to recovering both firearms, officers along with a BPD K-9 conducted a sweep of the playground across the street which yielded negative results.

Although no arrests were made relative to the recovery of the two firearms, District B-2 detectives continue to investigate the incident, and the officers continue to proactively go the extra distance to make the city safe.