One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Firearms in Two Separate Incidents in Mattapan

 Firearm recovered in Incident #1

Firearm recovered in Incident #1

INCIDENT #1: At about 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were patrolling the area of 1635 Blue Hill Avenue when they observed a brown Nissan Altima occupied by four individuals travelling on the public way in front of them. Officers made an inquiry on the plate and found that it came back to a green Subaru Legacy. Noting the discrepancy, officers activated their lights and sirens and made a stop of the motor vehicle.

Upon further investigation, officers found the operator to be unlicensed, and the plates were, in fact, attached to the wrong vehicle which was uninsured. Officers ordered the occupants out of the car, identified the occupants, and performed an inventory search prior to towing. As a result of the search, officers recovered a loaded Smith & Wesson firearm from a backpack in the rear seat. As that time, the three passengers fled the scene on foot and made good their escape. The officers summoned the operator to Dorchester District Court for the motor vehicle infractions, and detectives will seek charges against the passengers for unlawful possession of a firearm.

 Firearm recovered in Incident #2

Firearm recovered in Incident #2

INCIDENT #2: At about 6:50 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were on directed patrol in the area of Bernard and Kingsdale Streets. As a result of information gathered from an ongoing firearm and gang investigation, officers were able to stop 18-year-old Ernest Charlot from Dorchester. Over the course of their encounter, Charlot made furtive, nervous movements and told officers multiple times to search him. At one point, Charlot pushed one of the officers and attempted to flee the area. Officers quickly apprehended Charlot for the assault and battery on the officer, and a search of his person revealed a folding pocket knife whose blade measured in excess of three inches and a loaded H&R Arms .22 caliber revolver. Charlot was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon (Knife).