One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody After Drug Investigation Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm in South Boston

At about 7:00 PM on Wednesday March 29, 2017, officers assigned to the District C-6 (South Boston) Drug Control Unit made an onsite firearm arrest while conducting an investigation in the area of the West Broadway Housing Development in South Boston.  The officers were speaking with Shawn Gavell, 26, of South Boston, when they observed the handle of a firearm protruding from his jacket pocket.  The officers quickly placed the suspect in custody without incident and safely recovered the firearm which was later determined to be a fully loaded .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.  The officers also located and recovered ten additional rounds of ammunition from the suspect's jacket pocket.  The suspect will appear in South Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.