One Less Gun: Tossing a Firearm from a Moving Vehicle and Refusing to Stop for Police Lands One in Custody in Dorchester

One Less Gun: Tossing a Firearm from a Moving Vehicle and Refusing to Stop for Police Lands One in Custody in Dorchester: At about 10:23 PM on Tuesday November 15, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol when they observed a motor vehicle operating with what appeared to be excessively tinted windows in the area of Columbia Road and Bird Street. Given the excessive tint, officers activated their lights and sirens and stopped the car. However, when officers asked the driver of the car to produce his license to operate, the individual, after stating that he didn’t have one, rolled up his window and drove off. After losing sight of the vehicle for a short time, officers regained a visual on the car in the area of Columbia Road and E. Cottage Street. Again, officers stopped the car, this time in the area of 152 E. Cottage Street in Dorchester where the suspect was taken into custody. Fearing that the suspect had discarded a weapon, officers retraced the operator’s direction of flight in hopes of locating the gun. While searching the area, officers located and confiscated a firearm (SEE PHOTO) found lying on the sidewalk in the area of 16 Bird Street. Furthermore, officers noted that the weapon appeared to be recently discarded given the fact that, despite heavy rains, the gun was dry and appeared to have fresh scratch marks on the slide of the firearm. Officers arrested a 21-year-old male from Boston and charged him with Failure to Submit to a Police Officer, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.