One Less Gun: Illegal Firearm Recovered during Motor Vehicle Stop in Mattapan, Two Suspects Arrested

At about 1:45 AM on Thursday, March 3, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 68 Norfolk Street.

While on patrol, officers observed a motor vehicle operating with excessive window tint and a broken driver’s side mirror. When officers attempted to stop the car, the vehicle slowed but did not fully stop on several occasions when there was ample opportunity to do so safely. Each time the vehicle slowed the officers saw the passenger shifting and moving around suspiciously inside the vehicle. Once the officers were finally able to approach the car, they were informed that the operator was not licensed to operate. Officers requested that the two occupants exit the vehicle, then performed a frisk of the occupants as well as the area within reach inside the vehicle. During the frisk the officers discovered an unloaded 9mm Glock semi-automatic firearm in the unlocked center console. Further investigation allowed officers to determine that the firearm belonged to the passenger.

The operator, 26-year-old Shaatrona Sims of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The passenger, 26-year-old Diovanni Carter of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal.