One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Firearms after Facing Violent Armed Suspects in Two Separate Incidents

Firearm from incident #2

Firearm from incident #2

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:30 AM on Sunday, April 2, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) made a firearm related arrest in the area of 22 Fenno Street.

While responding to a call for a ShotSpotter activation in the area of Warren Street, officers heard what appeared to be a gunshot in the area of 44 Kensington Park. Officers responded and observed two males leaving the scene. When officers attempted to stop them, one of the males grabbed his waistband and fled on foot. One officer gave chase, giving verbal commands to stop. As the suspect approached 22 Fenno Street, the officer gave commands to show his hands and attempted to apprehend the suspect, however, the suspect broke free and fled. As the officer again pursued, he observed the suspect pull a silver revolver from his waistband. The officer ordered the suspect to drop the gun to no avail. The officer was finally able to tackle the suspect against a car causing the firearm to fall from his hand. The suspect continued to fight the officers, putting his hands toward his body to avoid being handcuffed. After a violent struggle, officers were able to place the suspect into custody. Officers also recovered two plastic bags of a substance believed to be crack cocaine on the suspect.

The suspect, 24-year-old Tarell Wheeler of Roxbury, was arrested and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of Class B Drugs, and Resisting Arrest.

INCIDENT #2: At about 2:00 AM on Sunday April 2, 2017, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Winthrop Square.

Officers were provided with a description of a male suspect who had displayed a firearm during an altercation. As officers approached the scene, they observed a male fitting that description. When officers tried to speak with the male, he immediately bladed his stance away from officers and pinned his right arm to his side. When officers exited their vehicle, the suspect turned and fled. Officers pursued on foot and were able to catch up to the suspect a short distance away. As officers struggled to subdue the suspect, they felt a hard metal object in his jacket pocket that they knew to be a firearm. The suspect continued to violently resist arrest and refused to remove his hands from under his body. Eventually, the officers were able to retrieve the loaded black RAP .440 firearm and secure the suspect’s hands.

Officers arrested 33-year-old Eugene Adams of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.

“The behavior of these armed suspects is extremely troubling,” said Commissioner Evans. “In both cases, my officers were dealing with violent armed suspects who were willing to do anything to resist arrest and ignore the officers' commands. I commend the officers; they showed extreme restraint in two situations that certainly could have warranted the use of deadly force, and thankfully they were able to go home to their families at the end of the night.”