One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover an Illegal Gun after Foot Pursuit in Roxbury

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover an Illegal Gun after Foot Pursuit in Roxbury – At about 6:42pm, on Friday, December 26, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol and parked in an unmarked police cruiser in the area of Homestead Street & Humboldt Ave when officers observed two individuals who, upon seeing the officers, abruptly stopped and reversed direction. Officers further noted that the individuals kept looking back in the direction of the officers as they vacated the area. A few minutes later, the same two individuals returned to the area. However, as the individuals were approaching the officers, one of the individuals changed direction while the other continued on in the direction of the officers. As the individual approached, one of the officers attempted to engage him in casual conversation. But, when the officer asked, “What’s up?” the suspect took off running.  While running behind the suspect, officers noted that the suspect was clutching at his waist area in such a way as if to suggest the suspect was in possession of a weapon. Based on officer's training and experience, the waist area is the area of the body most frequently used to conceal weapons thus causing the officers to have a heightened concern that the suspect being pursued may be armed. Despite several verbal commands instructing the suspect to stop, the suspect willingly ignored the officer’s directives and kept on running. At one point, officers lost sight of the suspect as he scaled a wall/fence in the area of 244 Humboldt Ave. After a lengthy foot chase, officers with help from Longwood Security personnel were able to locate and apprehend the suspect in the area of 115 Homestead Street. A pat frisk of the suspect showed that he was no longer in possession of a weapon. However, when officers, with help from a BPD K-9 officer and his canine partner Nico, retraced the steps taken during the foot pursuit, a loaded firearm (see enclosed photo) was located in the rear of 244 Humboldt Ave.   

Officers arrested Daquane Mitchell, 24, of Roxbury and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Subsequent Offense and Trespassing.