One Less Gun: One Arrested and One Firearm Seized in Roxbury

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At about 2:58 PM on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at Gurney & Tremont Streets.

While en route to the above location, officers received the description of the suspect from the 911 dispatcher and were advised that the suspect had fired two to three rounds and then fled on foot down Terrace Street away from the Roxbury Crossing Transit Station.  As one officer drove on Terrace Street, he observed a male fitting the suspect’s description walking on Terrace away from Roxbury Crossing.  When the suspect noticed the officer, the suspect immediately reached down to his waistband with his left hand, and with his right hand, took out his cell phone and put it to his ear.  The male continued to walk away from the officer holding his waistband with his left hand and furtively glancing over his shoulder at the officer.  As other officers approached the suspect from the opposite side, the suspect ran at the officers while holding his waistband.  After a brief struggle during which the suspect refused officers’ commands to show his hands, officers were able to apprehend the suspect and place him in handcuffs.  A pat frisk of the suspect revealed a loaded Ruger P85 9mm handgun concealed in the waistband of his pants.  Once identified, officers found that the suspect was under the age of 21, which is the legal age to possess a handgun in Massachusetts.  The suspect was also identified as the male who fired the handgun at the above location, and ballistic evidence was recovered at the scene.

The 17-year-old male from Roslindale was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Discharging a Firearm Within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, and Assault By Means of a Dangerous Weapon To Wit: Firearm.