One Less Gun: Search of Suspect at Booking Desk Enables BPD Officers to Recover a Loaded Firearm

At about 1:51 PM on Wednesday July 8, 2015, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a domestic violence incident on Worcester Street.  Officers assisted the victim on scene and quickly located the suspect a couple of blocks away, placing him in custody without incident.  The suspect, Roderick Hamilton, 20, of Boston, was carrying a small duffle bag at the time he was stopped and asked officers numerous times if he could go back and leave it at the address where the incident had occurred.  Officers declined his request and transported the suspect back to the station for booking with the duffle bag locked and secured in the trunk of their cruiser.

During the booking process, officers performed an inventory search of the suspect’s bag, which is a standard practice, when they discovered a loaded firearm wrapped in a T-shirt belonging to the suspect.  The weapon was rendered safe and seized as evidence by district detectives.

The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Assault & Battery (209A), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

This incident serves as a reminder to all our officers of the value of a thorough and complete search of prisoners and their property every time.  Job well done.