One Less Gun: Three Separate Incidents Involving Cars and Keen Observations by Officers Result in Three Recovered Firearms and Three Arrests

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INCIDENT #1: At about 10:11 PM on Friday September 18, 2015, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an arrest and recovered a firearm as a result of a motor vehicle stop on Cummins Highway and Woodhaven Street.  The officers were on routine patrol when they observed a car operating without headlights on.  Officers stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver, Sharif Smith, 40, of Boston, was operating with a suspended license and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  Officers placed the suspect in custody without incident.  Prior to towing the car, officers conducted a standard motor vehicle inventory search which revealed a loaded Taurus 44 magnum revolver. 

The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Suspension.

INCIDENT #2: At about 10:54 AM on Saturday September 19, 2015, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) made a firearm arrest after a lengthy pursuit which began in the area of Bragdon and Ernst Streets.  An officer was on directed patrol in the area when he observed the suspect, later identified as Jason Bly, 35, of Roxbury, fire two shots out of a motor vehicle he was operating.  It was not immediately clear who or what the suspect was shooting at and there have been no victims or intended targets identified at this time.  When the suspect saw the officer, he fled the scene, leading to a motor vehicle pursuit which lasted several minutes, finally coming to an end at Elm Hill near Seaver Street.  Officers were able to place the suspect in custody without incident and then safely recover a loaded firearm which the suspect had discarded during the chase. 

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Armed Career Criminal, Failure to Submit to a Police Officer, Driving to Endanger, Speeding and Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension.

INCIDENT #3: At about 1:40 AM on Sunday September 20, 2015, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) made an onsite firearm arrest for an incident which occurred in the area of 21 Dudley Street.  An officer was exiting the police station parking lot when he heard the sound of gunshots nearby.  While conducting a search of the area, the officer observed a motor vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign while turning from Dudley Street onto Shawmut Avenue.  The officer pulled the car over and as he approached to speak with the operator, his police radio began to relay information regarding a possible shooting in the area the vehicle had just fled.  The driver, later identified as Pete Gallop, 26, of Roxbury, apparently heard the radio transmission as well as he quickly stated “Yo bro, it’s not me, it’s not me” and began to conceal his right hand from the officer’s view.  After additional units arrived, the suspect was removed from the vehicle and frisked at which time officers recovered a loaded Glock handgun from his waistband area.  The suspect was placed in custody without incident.  It was later revealed that the firearm had discharged during a fight which occurred after the suspect was involved in a motor vehicle accident.  While no persons were struck by gunfire during that altercation, the suspect did use the firearm as a blunt instrument, striking a female victim, causing minor injuries.  She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of Large Capacity Firearm, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon.