One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody After BPD Investigation Leads to the Recovery of Loaded Firearm in Mattapan

At about 10:20 PM on Friday, October 6, 2017, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest as part of an active investigation in the area of 76 Woodbole Avenue in Mattapan. The officers were aware that Joshua Rodriguez, 18, of Dorchester, may be in possession of a firearm and approached to speak with him. Officers then performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded .380 caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard handgun from his sweatpants pocket. The suspect was placed in custody without incident and will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.