Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Police Recover a Firearm During Motor Vehicle Stop in Jamaica Plain


At about 9:24pm, on Friday, January 31, 2014, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-sight arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition in the area of 297 Forest Hills Street.

Officers were conducting an investigation into gang and firearm activity and, while doing so, observed a sedan motor vehicle travelling at a speed greater than reasonable on Larmartine Street. As the vehicle traveled on Williams Street towards Washington Street, officers observed the vehicle fail to yield to pedestrians crossing on Williams Street by honking the horn and swerving to go around the pedestrians. Officers activated their emergency lights and siren in an effort to execute a motor vehicle stop. The suspect vehicle did not immediately pull to the right hand side of the road but continued toward the next intersection. Based on the nature of the investigation into gang and firearm related activity, officers feared the vehicle was refusing to stop and would attempt to evade officers.  Officers with lights and sirens still activated, quickly pulled around the suspect vehicle and stopped their unmarked Boston Police Cruiser just ahead of the suspect vehicle.  Officers approached the motor vehicle with their badges clearly displayed, as well as clearly marked Boston Police jackets and vests. At which point, officers observed the handle of a firearm protruding from the waist of the male passenger.  After a brief struggle with the male suspect, a Star 9mm semi-automatic firearm with ammunition was recovered. 

Dominique L Hines, 24, of Jamaica Plain was arrested and charged with Dangerous Weapon Unlawfully Carry, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. The female operator of the motor vehicle was subsequently identified and issued a Massachusetts Uniform Citation for Failure to Slow or Stop when approaching a Pedestrian and Speed Greater than Reasonable.  Hines is expected to appear in West Roxbury District Court.