One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One, Recover Loaded Firearm After Traffic Stop Leads to Tense Moments in Dorchester

At about 11:30 AM on Sunday April 17, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after conducting a traffic stop in the area of 6 Castlegate Road in Dorchester.  Officers were on directed patrol in response to recent numerous complaints of gun and gang related activity when they observed a motor vehicle with heavily tinted windows parked in front of the address with an unidentified operator behind the wheel.  Officers knew that this specific car was owned by a person known to them who was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant.  The officers maintained surveillance of the vehicle, but due to the dark tint of the windows, were unable to ascertain the identity of the operator.  Officers approached the vehicle on both sides and announced their presence.  The driver, who was not the owner of the vehicle as originally thought, put his window down a few inches and greeted the officer at his door side by name.  The driver, Wesner Theodore, 28, of Dorchester, and the officer were very familiar to one another due to numerous interactions over the years.  As the two were speaking, the officer noticed that the suspect repeatedly grabbed at his clothing in an odd manner and would not comply with numerous commands to keep his hands in plain sight, nor would he lower his window any further.  Officers asked the suspect to exit the vehicle multiple times but he declined.  When the suspect’s behavior became more erratic in nature and the officers began to feel threatened by his actions, they breached the vehicle and successfully removed the suspect.  As the suspect exited the vehicle, they felt a metal object in his jacket pocket which was later determined to be a loaded Lorcin .380 caliber model L380.  The suspect was then placed in custody without further incident.  The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Armed Career Criminal.