One Less Gun: Motor Vehicle Stop Enables BPD Officers to Subdue Gun-Toting Suspect in Roxbury

At about 1:22 PM on Monday, November 6, 2017, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of 80 Allerton Street in Roxbury when they observed a motor vehicle, due to the rainy weather conditions, operating with both a defective head light and tail light. In light of the infractions, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights and sirens) in an effort to stop the car. As officers approached the vehicle, the operator shifted the vehicle into reverse and, only returned the car into park, after several commands by the officers instructing him to do so. When the officers asked the operator to exit the car, the operator appeared to lunge and reach for an object in the back of the car. Upon witnessing the suspect’s dangerously disruptive and disturbing behavior, officers quickly moved to restrain and contain the suspect. A search of the vehicle enabled officers to locate and confiscate a firearm (see photo). Officers arrested Desean Clare, 27, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Operating without a License. The confiscated firearm was later determined to be a Taurus 38 Special with 6 live rounds of ammunition.