Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Use Incredible Restraint when a Suspect Points a Replica Firearm in their Direction

At about 11:55 PM on Monday, July 18, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 16 Howe Street, Dorchester.

Upon arrival, officers observed a male fitting the description of the suspect sitting on a chair in a driveway. The officers could hear the male yelling derogatory statements about police officers. As officers approached, they observed the male grab a small revolver firearm from his lap and point it in the direction of the approaching officers. The officers, who were now within a few feet of the suspect, drew their department-issued firearms and gave commands for the suspect to drop the weapon. At this time, one of the officers was close enough to grab the suspect’s arm and knock the firearm out of his hand onto the ground. A physical struggle ensued as officers attempted to wrestle the suspect out of the chair and onto the ground where he was eventually handcuffed.

Further investigation revealed that the firearm was a replica. Officers also recovered a set of nunchucks hanging from the chair where the suspect was sitting and two plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the suspect’s property.

Officers arrested 53-year-old William Gallop of Dorchester and charged him with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, and Unlawfully Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Nunchucks). During the booking process, Gallop continued to threaten officers, stating he would blow up their houses and the police station and shoot officers.

Stated Police Commissioner William Evans, “This is what police are faced with on a daily basis. Again, these officers used incredible restraint when faced with threats and a very real-looking replica revolver. These are troubling times, and I’m thankful everyone involved in this incident is going home safe, especially my officers.”