Keeping Boston Safe: Shoeless Suspect Wanted in Connection to Call for Shots Fired is Apprehend by Ever Attentive Detail Officers in Roxbury
At about 1:54 pm on Thursday, April 5, 2018, a police sergeant performing a paid detail on Dudley Street heard what sounded like gunshots and immediately got on the police radio to inquire and confirm if, in fact, gunshots had been fired in the area. In answer to his inquiry, the police dispatcher confirmed that there had been a call for shots fired in the area of Ziegler and Winslow Streets, and two individuals, both males in their late teens, were seen fleeing the area on foot. In short time, the detail sergeant observed two individuals matching the description of the suspects walking near him in the vicinity of 249 Dudley Street. When the sergeant approached the suspects to further investigate the incident, the suspects took off running. The sergeant was able to run down and apprehend one of the suspects, Chequan Griswold, 18, of Boston, who was later charged with Disorderly Conduct. Meanwhile, the second suspect, in his haste and hurry to make good his escape, fell down and lost his shoes during the fall. As the shoeless suspect ran down Dudley Street towards Hampden Street, responding units flooded the area. A police officer, who was working a paid detail at the intersection of Dudley Street and Hampden Street, was monitoring the unfolding events on his police radio but had yet to observe anyone fitting the description of the suspect in the immediate area. That all changed when a good Samaritan flagged down the officer and informed him that he observed the second suspect running on Vine Street. As the officer was transmitting this information over his police radio, responding units observed a male walking without shoes in the area of Forest Place and Dudley Street. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the suspect again took off running but was tackled and apprehended by a detail officer in the area of 367 Dudley Street. A frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate a silver and black firearm (see photo) found tucked into the suspect’s waistband. A search of the suspect enabled officers to find a plastic bag containing six individually wrapped plastic bags of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine in the suspect's right sock.
Officers arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male from Dorchester and charged him with Attempted Assault and Battery by Discharging a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drug (Cocaine).
Additionally, several shell casings were recovered at the scene of the original call which was the intersection of Zeigler and Winslow Streets. Lastly, the second suspect’s sneakers, a pair of grey Nikes, were recovered in front of 298 Dudley Street.
Said Commissioner William Evans, “I once again find myself marveling at the great work being done by my officers in their ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of our city. The bravery in this case, especially by the detail officers, can’t be understated. Confronting and disarming an armed suspect is the most dangerous and difficult part of our profession. Yet, time and time again, my officers willingly and without hesitation confront those who think it’s okay to carry illegal firearms in our city. Thanks to their efforts, two suspects are behind bars and, hopefully, regretting their decision to carry an illegal firearm in the first place.”