One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One, Recover Two Illegal Firearms after Lengthy Pursuit of Suspect

At about 8:30 PM on Sunday, April 24, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop in the area of Bowdoin and Quincy Streets.

Officers on patrol were aware of a shooting incident that had occurred two days earlier in the above area and were on the lookout for a black Nissan Quest with a particular plate and the operator, 30-year-old Antonio Pina Rodrigues of Boston, that were observed fleeing the scene. On Sunday night, as one officer stopped at the above intersection, he observed the Nissan Quest bearing the suspect vehicle’s plate number. The officer requested backup and attempted to make a stop of the vehicle by activating the marked cruiser’s blue lights and siren. The suspect vehicle sped up and led officers on a lengthy pursuit during which the suspect dangerously disregarded all traffic laws and nearly struck several police cruisers, cars, and nearby pedestrians with his vehicle. The vehicle’s escape was finally blocked by another stopped car, and the two occupants of the vehicle bailed out and fled on foot.

Officers were able to pursue and apprehend the operator after a violent struggle. He was identified as 30-year-old Antonio Pina Rodrigues of Boston. The passenger was able to make good his escape. Officers recovered two firearms that were discarded directly in the flight path of the vehicle--one 9mm Glock 17 loaded with a high capacity magazine and one 9mm Walther P99AS loaded with a high capacity magazine. Officers observed that the Walther firearm had been reported stolen.

Rodrigues was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device (2 counts), Improper Storage of a Large Capacity Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Refusal to Stop for a Police Officer, Operating to Endanger, Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Car). Rodrigues was also cited for multiple traffic violations.