One Less Gun: One Officer Injured during Struggle for Firearm, Officers Arrest Two Suspects in Dorchester

One Less Gun: One Officer Injured during Struggle for Firearm, Officers Arrest Two Suspects in Dorchester

At about 5:30 PM on Monday, July 24, 2017, an officer from District C-11 (Dorchester) conducted a motor vehicle stop for an expired registration plate in the area of 503 Washington Street.

When the officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator, identified as 41-year-old Tyrone C. Hicks of Dorchester, the officer learned that Hicks had originally rented the car from Hertz, but that his driver’s license had since expired as well as the registration. The officer requested additional units to assist and ordered both Hicks and his passenger from the vehicle to initiate a tow. While Hicks was placed under arrest without incident, the passenger, identified as 26-year-old Darnell R. Pierre of Dorchester, began moving his hands toward an object in his waistband. An officer attempted to frisk Pierre for officer safety, but when the officer felt a hard metal object in his waistband, Pierre used one hand to push the officers hand away and reached for the object with his other hand. A violent struggle ensued, during which the officer held onto the barrel of a firearm as Pierre attempted to pull the firearm out. Officers were eventually able to subdue Pierre and place him in handcuffs, only after one of the officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the arrest. Officers recovered the loaded Taurus Millennium G2 .40 caliber handgun from inside Pierre’s pants. Further investigation revealed that the firearm was reported stolen out of Newnan, GA on June 16, 2017.

Pierre was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Receiving Stolen Property, and Resisting Arrest. Hicks was arrested and charged with Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating an Uninsured and Unregistered Motor Vehicle.