One Less Gun: Quick Thinking BPD Officers Deftly De-Escalate Potentially Harmful Incident with Armed Gunman in Jamaica Plain

Yesterday, Thursday, June 15, 2017, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) attended an outdoor community gathering with a large number of young children and their parents in attendance at the South Street Housing Development located at 21 St. Rose Street in Jamaica Plain. Officers were there in a community policing capacity eager to interact and engage with all those attending the event. While interacting with community members, officers were promptly alerted to a disturbance in the area and responded to the front of 21 Saint Rose Street where they encountered an agitated male holding two guns, one in each of his hands.  In addition to being irritated and emotionally distressed, officers further noted that the individual was suffering from what appeared to be a bloody nose. Officers calmly asked the individual to talk to them in an effort to help them better understand the emotions and anger he was experiencing. According to the suspect, he had a score to settle with two individuals who had jumped him in the presence of his 2-year-old son. While empathizing with the suspect’s embarrassment and anger, officers, nevertheless, were quick to implore and advise him to put down the weapons. Nobody needed to get hurt, said the officers. Thankfully, the suspect agreed and put down his guns. Officers promptly recovered the firearms (seen in the photos) and noted that both guns were fully loaded. 

Said Commissioner Evans: “I can’t say enough about the tremendous levels of courage, composure, and restraint shown by my officers in this incident. When confronted by an armed gunman, they kept their cool and found a way to de-escalate and diffuse an incident that clearly had the potential for deadly consequences. All I can say is thank God nobody was hurt and, just as importantly, thank God we have some of the brightest and best trained police officers in the country.” 

The suspect, a 30-year-old male of Jamaica Plain, will be charged with firearm related offenses.