One Less Gun: Three Suspects in Custody During Two Separate Incidents as BPD Officers Continue to Take Illegal Firearms Out of Our Communities and Off the Streets of Boston

INCIDENT #1: At about 7:11 PM on Saturday, August 26, 2017, officers assigned to District C-11 (Dorchester) arrested two armed suspects after responding to a call for shots fired in the area of Centre Street and Ginita Street in Dorchester. While on approach, responding officers observed two individuals matching the given description and stopped them in the area of 74 Train Street. As an officer was performing a pat frisk of one of the subjects, later identified as Cornell Bell, 22, of Dorchester, he immediately felt the handle of a firearm at which time the suspect took off running. Officers pursued the suspect for several blocks before finally placing him in custody in the area of 91 Neponset Avenue. Officers then recovered a loaded 9mm Kel-Tec PF-9 handgun which the suspect had discarded as he fled. As the foot pursuit occurred, another officer attempted to pat frisk the second individual, later identified as Jerdi Matos, 19, of Providence, RI, who also immediately took off running, causing a second and simultaneous pursuit. Additional officers were able to chase down the second suspect and place him in custody in the area of 83 King Street at which time they safely recovered a loaded .380 caliber Smith & Wesson Bodyguard handgun that the suspect had dropped on the ground as the officers closed in on him.

Officers confirmed that there were no injuries at the scene of the original call for shots fired but did locate ballistic evidence and damage to a parked motor vehicle. It was not immediately clear if the two suspects were directly or indirectly involved in the incident.

Two officers were later treated and released from an area hospital after sustaining injuries during the incident.

Both suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

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INCIDENT #2: At about 2:05 PM on Sunday, August 27, 2017, officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) made an onsite firearm arrest after responding to a call for a person with a gun in the area of 81 Orton Marotta Way in South Boston. Responding officers quickly located an individual matching the given description in the area of 141 West Broadway Street and performed a pat frisk which led to the recovery of a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver from the waistband of the suspect’s pants. The suspect, Russell Goodwyn, 36, of Hyde Park, was placed in custody without incident and will appear in South Boston District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.