One Less Gun: Officers Recover Three Firearms in Three Separate Incidents, Three Suspects Arrested

Firearm Recovered in incident #1

Firearm Recovered in incident #1

The recovery of three firearms yesterday by Boston police officers brings the total number of firearms recovered so far in 2018 to 235. The facts of the incidents are as follows:

INCIDENT #1: About 2:35 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) affected an on-site firearm arrest in the area of 1118 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester. While on patrol officers observed a black 2007 Nissan Altima travelling inbound on Blue Hill Avenue crossing Morton Street. A query of the license plate number revealed that the motor vehicle’s registration had expired. Officers made a stop of the vehicle and requested the operator of the motor vehicle, later identified as 25-year-old Christopher Philyaw of Dorchester, to produce his driver’s license. As Philyaw produced his license, the officers observed that he was becoming increasingly nervous and refused to keep his hands in plain sight. Using only his left hand, Philyaw continued to reach across his body toward the center console of the vehicle. Officers gave Philyaw several verbal commands to remain still, but Philyaw did not comply. Due to the officers’ observations, training and experience, they feared Philyaw may be armed, prompting officers to request Philyaw to exit the vehicle. Officers conducted a pat frisk of the suspect and immediately felt a hard object consistent with a firearm in the right pocket of Philyaw’s shorts. Officers recovered a loaded black Smith and Wesson .38 Airweight revolver. Philyaw was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm.  

INCIDENT #2: At about 9:10 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 37 Leston Street, Mattapan. Officers were advised that a possible suspect was near a red vehicle in the rear of 37 Leston Street. 

Upon arrival, officers proceeded to the rear of an adjacent property marked with a sign stating "Private Property, No Trespassing” at 1220 Blue Hill Avenue where the officers observed two males sitting in a red car with both doors open. Officers approached the males, later identified as 25-year-old Jeff Lacroix of Mattapan and 34-year-old Corey Hinds of Boston. Lacroix and Hinds exited the vehicle without being asked and approached the officers at the front of the vehicle. Based on the description provided and their close vicinity to the shots fired, officers believed the males may be armed and conducted a pat frisk of the males and the area around them. Additional officers conducted a canvas of the area and recovered a spent shell casing from the ground. As officers handcuffed the males, Lacroix lifted his leg causing something to fall from his pants. Lacroix then attempted to kick the item away from his body, and the officers confirmed that the item was a live round of ammunition. At this time, another officer located a firearm with obliterated serial numbers underneath the passenger’s side of the red car where the suspects had been sitting prior to officers’ arrival. An additional live round of ammunition was located in the center console of the vehicle. 

Both suspects were placed under arrest. Officers charged Lacroix with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, and Trespassing. Hinds was charged with Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Trespassing.

INCIDENT #3: At about 10:10 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted an investigation in the area of 20 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way. As a result of the investigation, officers were able to recover a black and silver Ruger .45 Auto Model SR45 firearm with obliterated serial number and a loaded black Ruger feeding device from inside a motor vehicle. Officers seized the firearm as evidence. Officers continue to investigate and anyone with information is urged to contact police by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.