One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm During Struggle with Suspect Inside Busy Downtown Boston Bar

At about 12:05 AM on Saturday, December 2, 2017, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person with a gun inside Coogan’s Bar and Grill located at 171 Milk Street in Downtown Boston. On arrival, officers were informed by bar security staff that the suspect, later identified as Antonio DePina, 29, of Dorchester, had been observed brandishing a firearm in the men’s bathroom. Officers entered the bar and observed the suspect standing in the middle of the dance floor holding two glass bottles of beer in his hands. The bar was at full capacity at the time and the area around the suspect was crowded with patrons. Officers approached the suspect and asked him to step outside to speak with them. When the suspect refused to comply, the officers attempted to gain control of his hands, which he immediately resisted. The bottles of beer fell from the suspects hands as he attempted to pull away from the officers at which time he pushed one of the officers in an attempt to flee. A violent struggle then ensued as the crowd began to gather around the both officers and the suspect. The officers were eventually able to guide the suspect to the floor at which time a loaded 38 Special Smith & Wesson revolver fell out of the suspect’s pants. One officer immediately recovered the firearm as the other officers placed the suspect in custody. After the officers escorted the suspect outside, they noted that he appeared to be heavily intoxicated. A Licensed Premise Violation is expected to be issued to the establishment at a later date. The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on numerous charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.