Great Work Recognized: Several Officers Honored During Ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters

Earlier today,Thursday August 25, 2016, several officers were recognized for their actions in two separate incidents:

INCIDENT #1:  At about 12:47 AM, on July 20, 2016, Sergeant Douglas McGrath and Officers William Walker and Christopher Stevens, acting on citizen complaints to the District B-2 Community Service Office, conducted a directed patrol in an area that had seen recent gun arrests and gun recoveries.  While on patrol, they observed a group gathered inside Edna Bynoe Park, which is closed dusk to dawn.  The officers exited their vehicle to investigate the group of trespassers at which time they dispersed and quickly fled on foot.  Responding Officers Richard McCormack, Jeffrey Lopes and Matthew Muckerheide apprehended one of the trespassers who was found to be concealing a 9 mm handgun.  The suspect was placed under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  The other trespassers were located, identified and released.

Thanks to their combined efforts, the officers were able to place the suspect in custody without the use of deadly force while removing another illegal firearm from the streets of Boston.  For their actions, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.

INCIDENT #2:  At about 12:36 AM on July 30, 2016, Officers Joseph McDonough and Christopher Stevens were on directed patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue in response to numerous recent complaints of gang activity in the area.  Their attention was drawn to two individuals walking down the street wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up and tightly pulled over their faces.  The fact that it was a hot and humid summer evening, made them concerned that the two individuals were attempting to conceal their identities for some reason.

The officers decided to engage the two individuals and as they exited their cruiser, one person took off running while clutching at his waistband.  Officer McDonough followed the individual as he ran through several yards, scaling and jumping over fences as he attempted to get away.  Officer McDonough was able to catch up with the individual and heard a metal object drop to the ground as he closed in on him.  He placed the suspect in custody and recovered a loaded .45 caliber firearm.  It was later determined that the suspect was 14 years old.  During the incident, Officer Stevens was able to stop and identify the second suspect who was later released. 

Thanks to their observations and unyielding pursuit, the officers likely prevented acts of violence from occurring in the neighborhood they serve.  For their efforts they are each hereby awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.