Keeping Boston Safe: Officer Recovers Loaded Firearm After Officer Chasing Suspect Wanted for Drug Distribution in the Boston Common

At about 10:15 AM on Thursday August 25, 2016, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite drug arrest in the area of Tremont and Winter Streets which led to the recovery of a loaded firearm.  Officers were on directed patrol inside the Boston Common in response to numerous recent complaints of drug activity when they observed a drug transaction near the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  One officer stopped the person who had just made the purchase and confirmed that there had been an illegal transaction.  At that time, a second officer approached the primary suspect, later identified as, Rayshawn Mohameed, 18, of Dorchester, who was now seated on a nearby bench.  As that officer was speaking to the suspect, he suddenly jumped up and began running towards Downtown Crossing.  The officer gave chase and was able to catch up to him on Winter Street where a violent struggle ensued.  An officer from the Transit Police quickly arrived to assist the officer as he fought to gain control of the suspect who suddenly began yelling “I got a gun!” as they rolled around on the ground.  The officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody, at which time they recovered a loaded .22 caliber Ruger SR22 handgun from the front of the suspect’s pants.  It was later revealed that the firearm had previously been reported stolen in Randolph.  Officers also recovered 23 bags of marijuana packaged for sale as well as $209 in cash.  As a result of the struggle, the BPD officer was transported to an area hospital for medical attention and was later released.  The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer and Receiving Stolen Property.  Officers later seized a small amount of marijuana from the party who had made the purchase and issued a City Ordinance Violation for Possession of Marijuana before releasing him from the scene.