One Less Gun: 16-Year-Old Under Arrest After BPD ‘Gang Unit’ Officers Recover Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

At about 11:37 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest of a juvenile suspect in the area of 418 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. The officers were on directed patrol in the area in response to numerous recent incidents involving gang and gun related violence when they approached three individuals walking on Bowdoin Street towards Quincy Street. When one of the officers began to casually engaged the three individuals in converstation, they immediately stopped, tensed up and appeared to become extremely nervous. One of the individuals, later identified as a 16-year-old male from Roslindale, quickly backed up and ducked behind a nearby parked motor vehicle while frantically reaching at the waistband area of his pants. The suspect then reemerged from behind the vehicle to speak with the officers. Officers checked the area where the suspect had ducked down towards and immediately observed a firearm (see photo) resting on a small pile of snow. The suspect was placed in custody without incident as the second two males were detained by additional responding units arriving on scene. Officers then safely recovered the firearm, a fully loaded 9mm Ruger SR 9c handgun, which was later determined to have been reported stolen three years prior in Randolph, Massachusetts. The two other individuals, both 15-year-old juvenile males, were frisked, identified and released from the scene to a parental guardian.

The suspect will appear in Boston Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition,  Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Receiving Stolen Property.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I’d like to commend my officers for their continued efforts to get illegal firearms such as these out of our neighborhoods. I find it troubling that we had three young kids out so late at night and that one of them was carrying a loaded gun. We as a community need to step up to prevent our young children from gaining access to these kinds of high-powered firearms and feeling like it’s okay to carry them on our streets.”