Less than a year and a half ago, on March 31, 2015, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 332 Harvard Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed that a fire had been set on the first floor of the residence. After the fire was extinguished, a search of the location lead to the discovery of a male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, was later identified as Richard Long, 37, of Boston.
Earlier this evening, at about 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, members of the BPD’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit located and arrested the individual wanted in connection to the shooting death of Richard Long. Officers arrested Victor Arrington, 30, of Boston and charged him with Murder, Arson and Armed Assault with Intent to Murder. Arrington is expected to be arraigned tomorrow in Dorchester District Court.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “To know the individual responsible for the murder of Richard Long is now in police custody and is no longer in a position to hurt or harm other members of our community is a testament to the BPD’s ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston. To Richard’s family, I hope the news of today’s arrest brings with it some level of solace, comfort and closure. To my detectives, members of the Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Suffolk County District Attorneys Office, I’d again like to thank them for all of the hard work done and dangers confronted in arresting the suspect wanted for the murder of the victim in this case.”
The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.