One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover One Firearm in Roxbury


At about 11:30 PM on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, members of the City Wide Drug Control Unit affected an arrest for firearm related charges in the area of Parker Street and Annunciation Road in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While conducting an unrelated drug investigation in the above area, officers heard a radio broadcast for shots fired near Cabot Street. A description of the shooter was also broadcast, and a short time later, DCU officers observed a suspect fitting the description riding a bicycle nearby. Without exiting their cruiser, the officers attempted to engage the individual, who began to frantically look in all directions as if searching for an escape route. So focused on finding a way to avoid the officers was the suspect, that he rode his bike directly into the rear passenger’s side of the officers’ cruiser.

Due to the individual’s nervous demeanor, frantic actions, vicinity to the shots fired call, and physical description, the officers frisked the suspect for weapons. Officers detected a firearm in the suspect’s back pants pocket and recovered a loaded black Titan .25 caliber handgun.

Because the suspect did not possess a License to Carry, officers arrested 33-year-old Evan Burton of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of  a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3).