One Less Gun: Two Firearms Recovered in Two Separate Incidents, One Suspect Arrested

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INCIDENT #1: At about 10:20 AM on Friday, November 3, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Crawford Street, Dorchester in District B-2 (Roxbury). While in the area, officers observed a male with his hands in his pockets and the hood of his sweatshirt pulled tightly around his face. The officers observed the male looking up and down Humboldt Ave in a hypervigilant manner and then take particular notice of the officers’ unmarked police cruiser before stopping, turning around, and walking back in the opposite direction. Officers, aware of past firearm-related incidents in the area, believed the individual may be armed and attempted to conduct an inquiry. As officers approached the male, he began to flee on foot. Officers followed the male onto Crawford Street, where they observed the suspect pull a black firearm as he ran into the rear of 94 Crawford Street. Officers pursued the male through several backyards before they lost sight of him scaling a fence into the rear of a residence on Ruthven Street. Officers canvassed the area for the suspect to no avail. Officers did, however, recover the firearm that the suspect had discarded. Officers seized the loaded Smith & Wesson M+P 9mm for processing and observed that it had also been reported stolen out of Boston in 2012. The investigation in this incident is ongoing.

INCIDENT #2: At about 2:45 AM on Saturday, November 4, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a Shotspotter activation in the area of 33 Kingsdale Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a motor vehicle with very darkly tinted windows idling in the area. As officers canvassed the area looking for possible suspects and/or victims, they observed the silhouette of a person bending over inside the vehicle. Due to the nature of the call, officers believed the individual may be reaching for a weapon or may be injured inside the car. Officers made attempts to contact the individual by knocking on the window but received no response. Fearing for their safety and the safety of a potential victim inside the car, the officers then attempted to open the door of the vehicle. The individual inside responded by pulling the door closed. Officers struggled momentarily to open the door but were finally able to wrestle the door open and remove the occupant from the vehicle. Upon doing so officers observed one spent shell casing and one live round on the floor of the vehicle. A K-9 was summoned to the scene, and as a result, a loaded black semi-automatic firearm with obliterated serial number was recovered from the vehicle. Officers arrested 19-year-old Kyriece Wrice-Roulhac of West Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition (2 counts), Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Discharging a Firearm within 500’ of a Dwelling.