Tragedy Averted: BPD Officers Recover Replica Firearm from Juvenile at Playground in South Boston

At about 7:00PM, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a call for a person with a gun inside Sweeney Playground (180 W 5th Street).  As officers arrived on scene, they observed 4 juvenile males standing together, when one appeared to take a black handgun out of his waist and pass it to another – those two males then began to run through the park when they were cut off on the other side by additional units responding to the call for a person with a gun.  Upon seeing the officers, the male with the gun pulled it out from his waistband, paused for a moment then dropped it on the ground. Upon confiscating the firearm, officers observed that the firearm was a BB gun designed to resemble a real Berretta PX4 Storm .40 caliber handgun.  All the juvenile males were identified and released but not before being spoken to about the situation they had created in choosing to possess what appeared to be a real gun. Said Commissioner Evans, "When we talk about the dangers created when a kid picks up a replica firearm, these are the incidents we’re talking about.  Thankfully, my officers showed tremendous restraint and - because of that - we were able to turn what could have been a tragedy into a teaching moment."