One Less Gun: Officers on Patrol Spot and Arrest Male with Gun in Mattapan, Recover Firearm

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At about 6:30 AM on Thursday, January 25, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) made a firearm related arrest in the area of 880 Cummins Highway.

While on patrol in the area, officers noticed a male who was known to them in the rear of the above address. Officers took note of the multiple “No Trespassing” signs posted on the property and decided to inquire of the male his business there. As the officers approached, the male immediately grabbed his right sweatshirt pocket, looked at the officers with wide eyes, and took off running. Officers observed that his pocket had a significant weight to it, and he appeared to be grasping the handle of an unknown item. Having been formally trained in the characteristics of an armed gunman and from their job experience, the officers believed the male was armed. Officers followed the male across Cummins Highway onto Rockdale Street and did not lose sight of him until he entered the backyard of 18 Rockdale. As officers cleared the backyard, they observed the male hiding in the yard next door. Believing a weapon may have been discarded, a K-9 was called to the scene. During the search, the K-9 “hit” on a loaded KelTec .380 Auto firearm on top of a pile of leaves in the yard of 20 Rockdale. Officers noted the firearm did not appear to have dirt, rust, or ice on it as did other objects in the area did due to the recent rain and sudden cold. Detectives processed and recovered the firearm. Officers arrested the 31-year-old male from Roxbury and charged him with Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal Level II.