One Less Gun: Off-Duty BPD Officer Witnesses Shots Fired Incident, Observations Lead to Firearm Recovery and Suspect Arrest


At about 12:15 AM on Monday, January 15, 2018, officers from District A-1 (Downtown) responded to a call for a person with a gun and shots fired in the area of Beach and Lincoln Streets.

While en route to the incident, officers were informed via 911 dispatch that, in addition to several 911 calls, an off-duty Boston police officer had heard the shots while walking in the area of Savvor Lounge. The off-duty officer then observed a white BMW with a partial MA plate of 8HC fleeing the area on Beach Street toward Surface Road. Several 911 callers reported seeing a black male wearing an orange shirt brandishing a firearm outside Savvor Lounge. Responding officers began to canvas the area for a vehicle or suspect fitting those descriptions. Moments later, officers driving on 93-North passing Exit 16 noticed a white BMW with a partial plate matching that of the plate the off-duty officer had described. The officers conducted a stop of the motor vehicle and ordered the three occupants to exit the car given the nature of the incident involving a firearm. Inside the vehicle on the backseat, officers observed a black pistol holster on top of a green jacket with a bright orange liner matching the description given by the 911 callers. Officers requested a K-9 to sweep the vehicle for any indication of a firearm, and the dog indicated on the pouch behind the front passenger side seat. Upon further investigation, officers recovered an unloaded 9mm Ruger LC9s from the pouch. The backseat passenger, identified as 31-year-old Dewayne Morris of Randolph, advised officers that he possessed a MA License to Carry, and officers confirmed it was active; however, they also noted that Morris had an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and appeared intoxicated. Officers recovered the firearm, the holster, the jacket, and the firearm’s magazine from under the jacket. Officers also recovered shell casings at the scene near Beach and Utica Streets.

Upon further investigation, officers learned that Morris was involved in an altercation with a male inside the club and when confronted by the male outside, Morris fired the pistol into the air to scare him away, before jumping into the backseat of the vehicle and leaving the area.

Officers arrested Morris and charged him with Disturbing the Peace, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Ft. of a Dwelling/Building, and Carrying a Firearm while Under the Influence of Liquor/Drugs. The other two occupants of the vehicle were identified and released forthwith.

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, "Whether on duty or off, an incident like this underscores the fact that my officers are always looking out for the safety and well-being of the citizens of our city. While I'm grateful to all who assisted in the arrest of this dangerous and reckless individual, I'm especially grateful to the off-duty officer who went above the call of duty to make sure those responsible were held accountable."