One Less Gun: Officers Diligent in Holiday Weekend Patrols; On-site Three Illegal Firearms in Three Separate Incidents Sunday Evening

INCIDENT #1: At about 3:40 PM on Sunday, May 29, 2016, members of the District B-2 (Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit were conducting surveillance for drug activity in the area of Maple and Cheney Streets. During this surveillance, officers’ attention was drawn to a blue motor vehicle operated by a male with a male passenger in the front seat. The car parked for a moment before a third male approached and entered the rear seat of the vehicle. About 20 seconds later, the rear passenger exited the car and walked away. Believing a drug transaction had occurred, officers stopped the vehicle a few blocks away. As officers spoke with the operator, the front passenger attempted to flee the vehicle. Officers engaged in a brief but violent struggle during which officers recovered a loaded silver and black Smith & Wesson 9mm firearm with a large capacity feeding device from the passenger’s waistband. Officers were able to place the passenger into custody. Officers also recovered a black plastic bag on the floor of the operator’s side of the car containing 6 individually wrapped plastic bags of marijuana and approximately $270.00 in US paper currency.

Officers placed the passenger, 33-year-old Terrence S. Johnson of Dorchester, under arrest and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 3). The operator, 39-year-old Jimmy Dixon of Quincy, was arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana).

Firearm Recovered in Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 8:50 PM on May 29, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a group of five males (some of whom were known to officers for previous firearm related incidents and arrests) walking in the area of Norfolk and Peacevale Streets in District B-3 (Mattapan). Officers maintained surveillance of these males and took note that as they turned on Peacevale Street one male broke away from the group. As officers turned their cruiser around and caught up to the four males, the fifth emerged from the driveway of 8 Peacevale Street. Officers stopped to speak with the male who had walked down the driveway and soon recognized him from a recent BPD “Wanted” poster. Believing a firearm may be in the area, officers called for a ballistic K9. Shortly, the K9 alerted to a firearm on the porch of an area residence. Officers spoke with the owner of the porch who stated she had never seen the male officers had stopped, he had no reason to be in her yard, and denied any knowledge of a firearm on her property. Officers recovered the loaded silver and black Kurz .380 9mm Backup.

Officers arrested the 17-year-old juvenile from Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Trespassing. He was also found to have a parole violation warrant issued by the Department of Youth Services for Escape.

Firearm Recovered in Incident #3

INCIDENT #3: At about 12:00 AM on Monday, May 30, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed three males (one of whom is known to them) lingering in the area of 16 E. Brookline Street in District D-4 (South End). Officers approached the group and engaged them in a brief conversation, all three individuals identifying themselves to the officers. As the males left the area, one continued to look back repeatedly and monitor the officers’ actions. Officers decided to investigate the area further, and soon found a loaded Sentinel Hi-Standard .22 caliber revolver under a bush approximately 30-40 feet from where the group had been standing. Detectives recovered and processed the firearm, and officers recorded the identities of the three individuals.