Boston Police Arrest Suspect and Recover a Firearm After a Shots Fired Call in Mattapan


At about 11:35 pm, on Saturday, June 15, 2013 officers from District 3 (Mattapan) along with officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 85 Astoria Street. Officers observed a large group of over fifty individuals, mostly young males, standing on the corner of Mildred Avenue. Officers could hear loud music coming from a house across from where the individuals were standing.  As the officers continued down Mildred Avenue they observed a black non-Hispanic male on the opposite side of the street, wearing a red baseball cap, red jacket and khaki pants.  Before exiting the cruiser, officers observed the male increased his pace, after turning and looking over his right shoulder and noticing the officers.  Police further observed the male quickly clinch the right side of his waist area, while his left arm was still moving freely. Through officers training and experience, the furtive movements were recognized as the actions of an armed suspect.  Officers approached the suspect and during the encounter recovered from the suspect's right front waist area, a .45 Cal Black Smith & Wesson firearm. The suspect, unable to produce a license to carry, was placed under arrest. 

Jeffrey Venter, 23, of Mattapan is charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers Possession and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  

Venter is expected to appear in Dorchester District Court today.