UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 39 Hartford Street

 

UPDATE: BPD Homicide Detectives Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection to Death Investigation in area of 39 Hartford Street

Less than a week after the shooting death of 34-year-old Dwayne Thomas, the man responsible for his murder is behind bars. On Friday, May 4, 2018, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit and District D-14 Neighborhood Drug Control located and apprehended Derrell Russell, 29, of Plymouth and charged him with Murder. Mr. Russell is scheduled to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Said Police Commissioner William Evans: "I want to thank my Homicide Detectives, as well as, members of both the Fugitive Apprehension Unit and District D-14 Drug Control Unit for the hard work and dedication to justice that led to the arrest of the suspect in this case. The fact that the suspect was in custody less than a week after the original call is a credit to my officers and their ongoing commitment to protecting and serving the citizens of Boston. Because of their efforts, a dangerous felon is behind bars and our community is safer as a result. To the family and friends of Dwayne Thomas, it is my sincere, humble hope that news of today's arrest brings with it some small measure of comfort and closure." 

The facts and circumstances surrounding the original incident are as follows:

At about 2:45AM, on Saturday, April 28, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of 39 Hartford Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has since been identified as Dwayne Thomas, 34, of Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so 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.