At about 2:00 AM on Sunday, April 2, 2017, Officers Rory Foley, Rebecca Leo and Daniel Nash from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Winthrop Square.
The officers were provided with a description of a male suspect who had displayed a firearm during an altercation. While on approach to 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 the 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 at which time a violent struggle ensued. As officers worked 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 resist arrest and refused to remove his hands from under his body. Eventually, the officers were able to safely retrieve a loaded .40 caliber handgun from the suspect, secure his hands and place him in custody.
Thanks to their observations and quick actions, a dangerous felon was arrested and any possible further violence was averted. For their efforts, they are each awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.