One Less Gun: Officers Seize Two Illegal Firearms and Arrest Two Suspects in Two Separate Incidents in Less than Five Hours

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INCIDENT #1: At about 5:10 PM on Sunday, July 1, 2018, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 33 Adams Street. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a male suspect known to the victim, accompanied by two additional suspects, had pulled out a cocked firearm and pointed it at the victim. The officers were provided with a description of the suspects, and additional responding units began to canvas the area. A short time later, officers observed a shirtless male crouched down near the front passenger side of a parked motor vehicle in front of 56 East Street. Officers exited their cruiser to investigate, and the male stood up and began to walk away. Officers stopped the male and returned to the vehicle to see why the male had been crouched down. Officers observed a t-shirt near the front passenger side tire. The officer grabbed the t-shirt and immediately observed a black loaded ISSC Model M22 firearm wrapped inside the t-shirt. When the male, identified as 19-year-old Keion Javon Rowell of Dorchester, could not produce a License to Carry, officers placed him into custody. Rowell was subsequently identified as one of the suspects in the incident that occurred near 33 Adams Street. Rowell was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. Rowell will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

INCIDENT #2: At about 9:55 PM on Sunday, July 1, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Norfolk Street, Mattapan, where a large crowd was dispersing after a call for shots fired had come in approximately 20 minutes earlier. The attention of the officers monitoring the crowd was suddenly drawn to a male standing in the middle of the street yelling on a cell phone. Officers recognized the male as 26-year-old Dimitri R. Harris of Dorchester and turned their cruiser around to investigate the disturbance. As they approached, officers observed that Harris was now standing further down the street near the driveway of 449 Norfolk Street. Harris immediately told officers that he didn’t have anything on him and gave the officers permission to check. Officers stood by with Harris as additional units canvassed the area for discarded items. Soon officers were directed to a first-floor porch of a residence, and from there, officers observed a black firearm on the garage roof. Officers recovered the loaded Ruger LCP 380 Auto firearm and arrested Harris. Harris was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Trespassing. Harris will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

As we enter the second half of the year and the Fourth of July holiday, Boston police officers have bravely taken over 320 illegal firearms off the streets of Boston so far in 2018. We at the BPD continue to believe that #OneLessGun will lead to #OneLessTragedy.