One Less Gun: Boston Police Officers Recover Five Illegal Firearms in Three Separate Incidents Sunday Morning


INCIDENT #1: At about 3:15 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2017, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a report of a person screaming in the area of 25 West Selden Street. Upon arrival, officers could hear yelling coming from the second-floor apartment of a nearby residence. As officers attempted to make contact with the occupants, they heard the sound of a gunshot come from the building. One of the officers ran to the rear of the building and observed two males in the back door. One of the males, identified as 28-year-old Larelle D. Pratt of Mattapan, was kneeling on the ground while the other, 25-year-old Shyrone Brown of Dorchester, ran back into the open door of the basement apartment. The officer also observed a loaded black Springfield Armory XD-40 semi-automatic firearm near the doorway. Other officers arrived to assist and both males were taken from the apartment and handcuffed for officer safety. Officers performed a protective sweep of the residence for other suspects and/or victims during which they observed two additional firearms and a quantity of marijuana that appeared to be over the legal allowance in plain view. When no other persons were found in the apartment, the supervisor froze the apartment pending a search warrant.

Detectives processed the scene and recovered one spent round of ammunition and bullet fragments. Officers arrested Brown and Pratt and charged them both with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd & Subsequent Offense for Brown), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), and Assault with Intent to Murder. During the arrest, Pratt was combative with officers, spitting on them, kicking them, and threatening to kill them and their children. Officers additionally charged Pratt with two counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Shod Foot), two counts of Assault and Battery on a Public Employee, and Threatening to Commit a Crime (Murder).

During the execution of the search warrant on Pratt’s residence, officers recovered the following:

  • One loaded Jimenez Arms JA25 firearm, unsecured
  • One loaded Ruger 9mm Luger firearm with obliterated serial, unsecured
  • Seven rounds of additional ammunition
  • Eleven plastic bags of substance believed to be marijuana
  • One clear plastic bag of substance believed to be cocaine
  • A scale, sandwich bags, and other drug paraphernalia consistent with the illegal sale of narcotics

As a result of these findings, officers charged Pratt with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, three counts of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, Trafficking Class B Drugs (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs (Marijuana), and two counts of Improper Storage of a Firearm.

Firearm recovered in Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 4:00 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of Dudley and Humphreys Streets. During the stop, officers observed what appeared to be the barrel of a firearm protruding from under the front driver’s side seat in the rear passenger compartment. Officers ordered all four occupants from the vehicle and recovered a loaded black Smith & Wesson M&P firearm. Further investigation revealed the firearm had been reported stolen out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Officers arrested the passenger seated in the rear passenger seat, identified as 22-year-old Erickson Daveiga of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property.


INCIDENT #3: At about 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 6, 2017, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 32 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area for a possible person who had been shot, but could not locate any victims. Officers continued to canvas the area and located a firearm in a dumpster in the rear of the building. Detectives responded to collect and process the evidence. The incident remains under investigation.