ONE LESS GUN: BPD Officers Display Tremendous Restraint While Subduing Uncooperative Gun-toting Suspect in Dorchester

About 2:18 pm, on Monday, July 25, 2016, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Dorchester District Court near 510 Washington Street. While en route to the call, officers learned via the police dispatcher that the suspect seen with the gun was a black teenager, approximately 6’3” tall, wearing a black t-shirt and khaki shorts. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area of 569 Washington Street. Upon seeing the suspect, officers promptly exited their cruiser with department-issued firearms drawn and immediately began issuing clear, concise commands instructing the suspect to show his hands to the officers. Instead of complying with the officer’s legal instructions, the suspect looked at the officers and stated, “Why?” In spite of the suspect’s refusal to comply, officers continued to give clear and loud verbal commands for the suspect to get on the ground with his hands and arms out. At this point, the suspect began pacing back and forth while holding the front of his waist band with his right hand. After approximately two minutes, the suspect finally got down on his right knee with his right hand still on his waist. At this point in, officers quickly moved in and handcuffed the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate a firearm (see photo) in the suspect’s right pocket. An unnamed officer at the scene was heard saying: “That kid’s lucky he didn’t get shot.” According to the earlier caller, the suspect had threatened to shoot one of his family members. Officers arrested Raughn Williams, 18, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).