Yesterday, officers across the city recovered five illegally possessed firearms during four separate incidents. All of these recoveries stem from motor vehicle stops initiated by astute, alert officers whose attention to detail allowed them to safely recover the firearms without harm to the officers, suspects, or the community.
Said Police Commissioner William Evans, "This is great police work. Over just the past few days, my officers have proactively taken almost ten illegal firearms off the streets, including the five from yesterday. The officers' actions have undoubtedly prevented shootings and other potentially harmful incidents across the city. I'm thankful and proud of the work we continue to do to make our city safer."
The facts of yesterday's incidents are as follows:
INCIDENT #1: At about 11:10 AM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a stop of a vehicle for violations of the auto laws in the area of Savin Hill Avenue and Pleasant Street in District C-11 (Dorchester). Officers initially pulled the vehicle over for not having a proper inspection sticker, but after further investigation, learned that the operator was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had an active warrant out of Lynn District Court for the same offense. Officers placed the operator, identified as 25-year-old Edward Long of Dorchester, under arrest and charged him with Operating after Driver’s License Suspended/Revoked. While performing an inventory search of Long’s vehicle prior to towing, officers recovered a loaded SCCY Model CPX-1 9mm handgun with obliterated serial number from a bag inside the car. Long was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.
INCIDENT #2: At about 7:40 PM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a stop of a vehicle for several violations of the auto laws, including failure to signal and excessive window tint, in the area of Eustis Street and Bethune Way in District B-2 (Roxbury). Officers made contact with the operator, whom they immediately recognized as 27-year-old Tyron Hollins of Dorchester, a person well-known to officers for his role in several firearm-related incidents. After checking the status of Hollins’ license and registration, the officers returned to his vehicle and noticed that the zipper on his pants was down, when it had been zipped up moments before. Suspicious that Hollins may have concealed something in his pants, officers ordered him from the vehicle and conducted a pat frisk. The frisk revealed that Hollins was in fact concealing a loaded Glock Model 22 .40 caliber in the crotch of his pants. Further investigation showed that the firearm had been reported stolen in 2015 out of Washington County, VT. Hollins was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property, and Armed Career Criminal Level I. He was issued a citation for the traffic infractions.
INCIDENT #3: At about 10:55 PM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a motor vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Morton Street in District B-3 (Mattapan). Officers conducted a stop of the vehicle and were informed by the operator, identified as 21-year-old Jerry Gray of Dorchester, that he was not licensed to drive. Officers confirmed this statement and placed Gray under arrest for unlicensed operation. During the inventory search of Gray’s vehicle prior to towing, officers located two loaded firearms in the center console—one Colt .45 Combat Commander handgun and one black Ruger .22 caliber long rifle MKIII that had been reported stolen out of Hemingway, SC in 2016. Officers arrested Gray and charged him with Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (2 counts), Receiving Stolen Property, and Unlawfully Carrying a Firearm (3rd & subsequent offense).
INCIDENT #4: At about 2:50 AM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, multiple officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) and canine officers were searching the area of Howland and Waumbeck Streets for a suspect who fled on foot from officers during a traffic stop, when K-9 Duke located a firearm in the suspect’s path of flight. The officers recovered the loaded Hi-Point CF380 with obliterated serial number and processed the scene. The suspect has temporarily made good his escape, however, the incident remains under investigation.