At about 5:45 PM on Thursday August 25, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force placed two suspects in custody on firearm and drug related offenses after a traffic stop in the area of 79 Fairmount Street in Dorchester. The officers had pulled a vehicle over for a traffic infraction on Milton Avenue and were approaching to speak to the operator when the vehicle suddenly sped away. The officers followed the vehicle for several blocks until it abruptly pulled into a residential driveway on Fairmount Street and came to a stop. As the officers closed in on the vehicle, the passenger, Joseph Taylor II, 29, of Dorchester, jumped out of the car and took off running with an officer in close pursuit. The suspect was holding a black sock in his hand that the officer believed could possibly contain a weapon. The officer stayed with the suspect through several backyards, over fences and out onto Fuller Street where he was able to place the suspect in custody after a brief struggle. The officer was then able to recover the black sock which the suspect had discarded during the pursuit and discovered a loaded .380 caliber Davis Industries handgun inside of it. Simultaneous with the foot pursuit, the other officers were involved in a violent struggle with the operator, Monroe Taylor, 25, of Dorchester, as they attempted to remove him from the car. The officers were eventually able to place him in custody and later recovered a second black sock from inside the vehicle which contained a loaded .32 caliber Keltec handgun. Officers also retrieved several bags of marijuana packaged for sale from the suspect.
Both suspects have been arraigned in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges: Monroe Taylor has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs. Joseph Taylor II has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing and Disturbing the Peace.