One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover Firearm during Traffic Stop in Mattapan

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At about 11:00 AM on Monday, June 25, 2018, officers on patrol in District B-3 (Mattapan) observed a black SUV motor vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Bradshaw Street towards Esmond Street. Officers activated their lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle turned right onto Harvard Street and then left onto Wales Street where it pulled over. Officers approached the driver's side window and spoke with the operator, who provided a driver's license. An officer stated to the operator of the vehicle that he was being stopped for speeding. The officer asked for the vehicles registration, and the operator began to look in the center console of the vehicle. The operator appeared to become nervous as he could not find the registration and did not look in the glove box. When the officer suggested to the operator that he look in the glove box, the operator became more nervous as he began to breath more heavily and avoided eye contact. The operator’s actions, along with his initial failure to stop for the officers, gave the officers great concern for their safety; therefore, officers asked the operator to exit the vehicle. The operator exited and a brief struggle ensued after the operator repeatedly attempted to retrieve an item from his pants pocket. Fearing that the operator may be reaching for a weapon, officers handcuffed and conducted a pat-frisk of the operator and vehicle which revealed a black semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle's glove box. Unable to produce a license to carry a firearm, officers placed the operator under arrest. The firearm was found to be loaded with 5 rounds.  

The operator, identified as Sirrocko Landrum, 29, of Boston will face the following charges: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Armed Career Criminal Level II, and Distribution of Class B Drugs. Landrum was also issued a citation for Operating at a Speed Greater than Reasonable and Proper.