At about 11:13 PM on Saturday, January 20, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on directed patrol near the Bromley Heath Housing Development due to recent firearm related incidents.
While operating their unmarked cruiser, officers observed a red Toyota sedan topped on a crosswalk at Heath Street and Columbus Avenue, clearly in violation of the Mass auto laws. Officers activated the blue lights and siren on their cruiser and attempted to make a stop of the motor vehicle near Highland and Centre Streets; however, the officers observed that the operator did not place the vehicle in park. Using the PA system on their cruiser, the officers instructed the operator to do so. Instead of complying with officers’ orders, the vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed. The officers lost sight of the car traveling on Marcella Street and disengaged their lights and siren, but broadcast the vehicle description over the police radio. Moments later, officers heard a loud crash, and upon reaching the intersection of Marcella Street and Highland Street, observed a Landrover SUV with damage to the front bumper and headlight. The operator advised officers that a red Toyota sedan had struck his vehicle and took off without stopping. While officers rendered aid to the motorist, they were approached by a passerby who advised officers that there was a firearm in the intersection of Marcella Street and Ritchie Street. Officers located and recovered the loaded Springfield Armory Model XD-9 firearm. They also located the red Toyota sedan abandoned at Humboldt Avenue and Elbert Street. Officers processed both scenes, and the incident remains under investigation.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.