One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm After Brief Struggle with Armed Suspect in Dorchester

At about 1:49 PM on Tuesday September 27, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of 11 Wendover Street in Dorchester.  The officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to recent gun and gang related activity when they observed a moped with two males on it being operated the wrong direction on Wendover Street, which is a one way street.  Officers observed that the passenger, later identified as Malik Hobson, 20, of Dorchester, was clutching his waistband area with both hands while looking around nervously.  The unidentified operator left the area after dropping the passenger off in front of the address.  The officers approached to speak to the suspect after they continued to observe him clutching at his waistband area, leading them to believe he was armed with a weapon.  As officers were speaking to the suspect, he reached for his waist with his left hand, attempting to grab something.  One of the officers quickly secured the suspect’s left hand at which time the suspect again tried to reach for his waist, this time, with his right hand as he attempted to break away from the grasp of the officer.  When the officer detected the presence of a firearm, he immediately brought the suspect to the ground and placed him in handcuffs.  As the suspect continued to struggle, a handgun fell from his pants and onto the street.  The firearm was later revealed to be a loaded .38 Special Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard revolver with an integrated laser sight and an obliterated serial number.  Officers also recovered three bags of cocaine packaged for sale from the suspect’s pockets.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs and Resisting Arrest.