One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Four Firearms in Eight Hours in Four Separate Incidents in Roxbury

Firearm from incident #2

Firearm from incident #2

INCIDENT #1: At about 3:15 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of the Jeremiah Burke High School at 60 Washington Street in District B-2 (Roxbury) due to information received that two individuals known to police officers for previous firearm related offenses may be in possession of a firearm nearby. Officers observed one of these males and attempted to make conversation with him. The officers explained that there had been a report of a person with a gun in the area, to which the individual replied it wasn't him and lifted his sweatshirt up to reveal his waistband. As he did so, the officers observed a heavy object that appeared to be a firearm in his left pocket. For officer safety, the officer reached over and felt the object and recognized it as a firearm. Officers subsequently recovered a loaded Davis Industries .380 Auto firearm. Officers arrested the 16-year-old juvenile male from Roslindale and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

INCIDENT #2: At about 8:55 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on directed patrol in the area of Norfolk and Hampden Street in District B-2 due to an ongoing investigation and information that an individual known to them, 31-year-old Eric Barnes of Brockton, may be in possession of a firearm. Officers also knew that Barnes was operating a gray Porsche, and his driver's license was revoked. Officers observed this vehicle operating in the area of the above address and conducted a motor vehicle stop. When operator of the vehicle was identified as Barnes, officers arrested him for Operating a Motor Vehicle after Driver's License Suspended/Revoked. A search incident to the arrest revealed a loaded Bersa BPP9CC 9mm firearm in a backpack on the floor of the vehicle's front passenger compartment and white pills believed to be Percocet in Barnes' pocket. Officers additionally charged Barnes with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm (Subsequent Offense), Possession of Class B Drugs (Subsequent Offense), and Armed Career Criminal Level 1.

INCIDENT #3: At about 10:20 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, officers from District B-2 responded to a radio call to investigate a person in the area of Glendale Street. Officers were provided a description and observed a male fitting that description in the area of Bird and Monadnock Streets. The male was identified and released. Due to a recent shooting incident in the area, officers had a ballistic K-9 respond to the scene. The K-9 canvassed the area and indicated the possibility of ballistic evidence inside a trash can near Glendale Street. Officers looked inside and observed a firearm partly covered with debris. Officers recovered a black .22 caliber Beretta firearm. The firearm was seized and processed.

INCIDENT #4: At about 11:10 PM on Thursday, April 13, 2017, officers from District B-2 responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 470 Blue Hill Avenue. Officers received a description of a male who was observed “flashing a gun” on surveillance video near the above address. Officers responded, stopped the male fitting the description, and attempted to pat frisk him. When an officer felt what appeared to be a firearm in his coat pocket, a violent struggle ensued during which the suspect attempted to evade and escape the officers’ custody. Eventually, officers were able to place the suspect into custody and recover a loaded Hi-Point Model 9 Luger with a defaced serial number from the suspect. The officers placed 27-year-old Tyquan Evans of Mattapan under arrest and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Resisting Arrest. During the booking process, Evans elbowed an officer in the face and continually made threats to shoot officers. Evans was additionally charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer and Threats to Commit a Crime.