One Less Gun: Officers Recover Firearm During Motor Vehicle Stop in Roxbury

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At about 12:33 AM on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Seaver Street and Elm Hill Avenue that resulted in a firearm arrest.

While on patrol in the above area, officers observed a vehicle operating on a public way without a proper inspection sticker. Officers conducted a stop of this vehicle, and while speaking to the operator, not only learned that he did not have a driver’s license, but also observed what appeared to be the handle of a firearm protruding from his right front pocket. As officers secured the firearm and ordered the operator out of the vehicle, the operator became non-compliant, refusing to exit the car and actively resisting the officers. Fearing the presence of a secondary weapon, officers fought to remove the suspect from the vehicle.

After a lengthy struggle, officers were able to place the suspect in handcuffs. The suspect failed to produce a License to Carry and was placed under arrest. Officers recovered a loaded silver and black Smith & Wesson revolver with obliterated serial numbers.

The 22-year-old male suspect from Dorchester was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, and Resisting Arrest.