Keeping Boston Safe: BPD officers execute search warrant in barricaded Mattapan residence, arrest one suspect and recover three firearms


Earlier this morning, Thursday, June 14, 2018, as part of an ongoing investigation, members of the District B-2 (Roxbury) Neighborhood Drug Control Unit with the assistance of the Boston Police SWAT Team, executed a search warrant in the area of 19 Rosewood Street, Mattapan. During the execution of the warrant, circumstances required that SWAT officers ram the doors to the residence over 100 times because the suspects within had barricaded and fortified the house. When police finally made entry, officers were able to recover the following:

  • One “AR-style” firearm
  • One revolver and one semi-automatic handgun, both found loaded and cocked in a laundry pile
  • An unspecified number of rounds of ammunition
  • Two ballistic vests and one gas mask

Officers arrested the target of the investigation, 38-year-old Dana Hill of Mattapan, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Using/Wearing Body Armor during the Commission of a Felony

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, “These officers did an incredible job in this investigation and execution of the search warrant. They faced some extremely unsafe and potentially lethal conditions during the incident but were able to place a very dangerous individual under arrest while preventing him from causing any further harm to the officers or the community. I hope this brings some peace of mind to the people in this neighborhood that this suspect and these weapons are no longer on the streets.”