One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm from Suspect After Traffic Stop Leads to Violent Struggle in Dorchester

At about 7:30 PM on Monday December 12, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after a traffic stop in the area of 276 Washington Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on routine patrol when they observed a motor vehicle commit several traffic infractions.  The officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Vassar Street and Harvard Avenue but as they approached to speak with the operator, later identified as Rashard Monroe, 26, of Boston, the car suddenly sped away.  Officers were finally able to stop the vehicle in the area of 276 Washington Street at which point they attempted to place the operator under arrest for Failure to Stop for a Police Officer.  The suspect immediately became combative and a violent struggle ensued.  During the fight, one officer was bitten on his arm by the suspect and sustained a leg injury.  The officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody at which time they recovered a loaded 9mm Kel-Tec Model P11 handgun from the waist band area of his pants.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent), Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Armed Career Criminal, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer. 

The officer who was injured during the incident was treated and later released from an area hospital.