Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Exercise Restraint during Encounter with Teens Carrying Replica Rifles and Handguns

At approximately 10:00 AM on Monday, July 18, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to reports of a person with a gun in the area of Westville and Draper Streets.

The caller reported to the 911 dispatcher that several males in a silver Volvo were firing shots out of the vehicle. A few minutes later, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a gray Volvo with four occupants in front of 170 Hancock Street. Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle, and as they approached, they observed one of the backseat passengers kicking a black-colored firearm under the front seat. Officers also observed two additional passengers with black-colored rifle-styled firearms laying in plain view across their laps. As officers drew their department issued firearms, the occupants of the vehicle began yelling that the guns were fake. Officers safely removed all four occupants from the vehicle, and recovered two black replica pellet handguns and two black replica pellet assault rifles from inside the vehicle. The vehicle and the occupants were both identified as the suspects associated with the earlier 911 call.

Officers arrested 19-year-old Kelvin Tejada, 18-year-old Patrick Colbreath, one 17-year-old juvenile female, and one 17-year-old juvenile male, all from Dorchester, and charged them with Disturbing the Peace.