Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Seize Two Guns in Two Separate Incidents in Roxbury

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Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Seize Two Guns in Two Separate Incidents: In the BPD’s ongoing efforts to curb gun violence while protecting and serving the citizens of Boston, officers arrested two individuals on gun-related charges in two separate incidents in Roxbury. The facts and circumstances are detailed below:

INCIDENT #1: At about 6:31 PM on Friday, July 1, 2016, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol when they observed three males milling about in the area of McGreevey and Turquoise Ways. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the individuals turned away and attempted to vacate the area. In light of the apprehensive behavior, officers approached two of the individuals to better understand their actions. While talking to the individuals, officers noted that one of the individuals appeared to be extremely nervous given the fact that he was physically shaking and sweating profusely. When asked to provide his name, the individual failed to respond and refused to make eye contact with the officers. At this time, officers observed an L-shaped bulge, consistent with that of a firearm, in the area of the suspect’s right pocket. When officers attempted to frisk the suspect, the suspect pushed the officers and attempted to flee the scene. After a lengthy physical struggle, officers were able to subdue the suspect and gain possession of the firearm (see photo). While taking the suspect into custody, a large crowd began to yell, heckle and verbally disparage the officers. Back at the booking desk, the suspect asked: “Why did you rip my pants … you already got my gun.” Officers arrested Dakari Ferguson-Boone, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.

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INCIDENT #2: About 2:44 AM on Saturday, July 2, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a large man carrying a gun in the area of Copeland and Warren Streets. On arrival, officers observed a large black male, heavy build, weighing approximately 300 lbs, wearing a blue baseball cap, white t-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. Upon seeing the individual, officers approached and informed him that they had received a report of a man with a gun. Officers further informed the individual that he matched the description of the individual they were looking for. When officers asked the suspect if they could frisk him, the suspect objected and turned away from the officers. At this point, officers observed a large bulge on the suspect’s right side.  When officers attempted to frisk the suspect, a physical altercation ensued. After a lengthy struggle, officers were able to subdue the suspect and gain possession of the firearm. Officers arrested Norman Gray, 33, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.