Earlier today, on Thursday, November 30, 2017, four of Boston's Finest were honored for their actions in the line of duty at a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters. The original facts of the incident are as follows:
On Thursday, September 14, 2017, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a shot-spotter activation and an armed robbery call near 1451 Blue Hill Avenue. Officers located a female victim who was able to provide a description of the suspects, which was then broadcast to responding units.
Upon hearing this information, Officers Stephen Puopolo, Dean Quinby, Tyler Briffett and Estenel Veillard, based on their knowledge of recent criminal activity in the area, proceeded to a location near Mattapan Square where they believed the suspects might flee towards. On arrival, they quickly located two individuals fitting the description of the suspects. As the officers approached, the suspects attempted to flee. Officers Veillard and Puopolo were able to disarm the first suspect of a firearm and take him into custody while Officers Briffett and Quinby engaged in a foot chase of the second suspect for several blocks. The officers were able to catch up to the second suspect and take him into custody after a violent struggle.
The suspects were later charged with numerous firearm and assault related offenses.
Two violent offenders and a firearm were removed from the streets of Boston as a direct result of the officer's immediate response, knowledge of their district professionalism and bravery. For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.