One Less Gun: BPD Officers Run Down and Apprehend Two Gun-Wielding Suspects in Roxbury

Gun #1

At about 12:27 am on Sunday, January 3, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of Parker Street and Horadan Way when officers observed three individuals with whom they had had previous interactions and encounters.

While observing the individuals, officers noted that one of the individuals was moving and motioning in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. The officer making the observation had recently completed and been certified in a Characteristics of An Armed Gunman training class sponsored by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives & Firearms). While observing the individuals, officers stopped their unmarked cruiser to further investigate their observations. As the three males approached the unmarked cruiser, officers noted that all three individuals appeared to be extremely nervous. Officers further noted that the individuals, upon seeing the officer’s unmarked vehicle, began to slow their pace and alter their course of direction. When the officers exited their vehicle to converse with the individuals, all three took off running. Officers immediately gave chase and ultimately were able to run down and apprehend two of the three suspects.  

While running behind Jermain Blackman, 18, of Boston, officers observed the suspect clutching and grabbing at an object in his waistband area. As the foot pursuit made its way across St. Alphonus Street, back-up units were able to intercept and apprehend the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to see and recover a loaded silver-colored Arminius HW3 .32 caliber revolver (see photo of Gun #1) from the suspect’s person. Blackman was charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Loaded Firearm. 

Gun #2

Simultaneous to the above, officers were able to apprehend a second suspect and recover a second firearm. While running behind Peter Mastin, 23, of Boston, officers observed the suspect discard what appeared to be a firearm in the rear of 36 Horadan Way. Officers recovered a loaded black Ruger .357 Magnum (see photo of Gun #2). After tossing the gun, the suspect momentarily avoided apprehension when he jumped over a chain link fence. However, as officers continued to search the area, officers received information that the suspect had been spotted in the area of 142 Horadan Way. Officers promptly responded to that area where they located and apprehended the suspect. Mastin was charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

Said Commissioner William Evans: "I commend my officers once again for their unwavering efforts to get guns off our city streets in a continued and consistent effort to keep our city and its citizens safe. Thanks to my officers, two guns were taken out of circulation and the individuals carrying them were taken into custody."