One Less Gun: Commissioner Evans Praises Officers for Remarkable Restraint Shown During Confrontation with Armed Gunman in Mattapan

At about 12:34 AM on Saturday, July 1, 2017, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Ave and Deering Road in Mattapan when officers observed an unknown male riding past them on a dark-colored scooter without a helmet. In light of the safety infraction, officers changed direction, effecting a U-turn in an effort to catch up to the scooter. While approaching the intersection of Deering Road and Wellington Hill behind the aforementioned scooter, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot and came under fire from an individual standing on the sidewalk. Officers promptly observed a black-non Hispanic male with his arms fully extended in officers’ direction. Believing that this was the individual responsible for the gunfire, officers immediately exited their cruiser and gave chase. While running behind the suspect, officers repeatedly instructed the suspect to drop his weapon. However, instead of complying with the officers’ lawful instructions, the suspect continued to flee and make every effort to avoid arrest. Officers chased the suspect up and over a fence in the rear of 60 Deering Road where they were able to take him to the ground and into police custody after a brief altercation. A search of the yard enabled officers to recover the loaded firearm (see photo) used by the suspect to shoot at the officers.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans: "I continue to marvel and be impressed by the split-second decision making, courage and selflessness displayed by my officers in their ongoing commitment to protect and serve our community. The fact that none of my officers was injured during this incident is miraculous. The fact that the suspect in this case thought it was okay to point a gun and fire at a police officer is nothing short of mind-boggling and should be disturbing to every member of our community. Thankfully, my officers got to go home to their loved ones and a dangerous felon is off the streets and no longer in a position to terrorize our neighborhoods."

Officers arrested Kristopher Jordan, 30, of Boston and charged him with Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Second and Subsequent Unlawful Possession of Loaded Firearm.