Safer Boston: Boston Police Officers Arrest Suspect Only Three Days after Non-fatal Shooting Incident in Roxbury


At about 9:50 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 2665 Washington Street. Upon arrival, officers observed a 22-year-old female suffering from a graze wound to her head. She, and her three-year-old child who suffered minor injuries from broken glass, had just exited a nearby business and entered their vehicle when the shooting occurred. Both victims were transported to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

A thorough investigation into the shooting allowed officers and detectives to identify the shooting suspect as 18-year-old Victor Swain, Jr. of Randolph, and subsequently, officers received a warrant for his arrest out of Roxbury District Court. Today, less than three days after the original incident, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Youth Violence Strike Force placed Swain under arrest after a brief standoff in the area of 25 Drayton Street in Dorchester. Swain is charged with two counts of Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon and several firearms charges.

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, ā€œIā€™m troubled that a mother and her young child were injured in this senseless act of violence. No one should be a victim of an incident like this, and I commend my officers for making such a quick identification and arrest of the suspect. Hopefully, the community will rest easier knowing that this reckless and dangerous individual is off the street.ā€