Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Three Arrested, Two Illegal Firearms Recovered in Roxbury


At about 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 3, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 42A Horadan Way in Roxbury.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses who reported occupants of a gray or light brown older-model Mitsubishi had opened fire in the above area. A victim was struck by a bullet and transported by EMS to a Boston area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers broadcast the description of the suspect vehicle.

An officer driving in his personal vehicle on his way home from a community meeting was monitoring his police radio and heard the description of the suspect’s vehicle. As the officer traveled on Malcolm X Boulevard toward Tremont Street, he observed a motor vehicle matching the description traveling at a high rate of speed toward Dudley Street. The officer broadcast the vehicle location, and units responded to assist him in conducting a traffic stop in the area of 230 Warren Street. As officers approached the vehicle, the occupants fled on foot.

Officers observed the rear passenger flee the scene clutching his waistband, and officers gave chase. After a lengthy pursuit, the rear passenger was apprehended. Officers retraced the suspect’s flight path and recovered a black firearm discarded by the suspect. A second suspect fled in the opposite direction and discarded a silver firearm before he tired and surrendered to the pursuing officers.

Concurrently, another officer gave chase after a third suspect that had fled from the vehicle on foot. As he chased the suspect, the officer observed the suspect vehicle attempting to flee the scene, and the officer broadcast his observation to responding backup units.  Although the foot pursuit of the third unknown suspect proved futile, and he was able to elude officers, the backup officers were able to stop the fleeing vehicle a short distance away and take the operator into custody. Ballistic evidence was found in plain view inside the vehicle.

Three suspects were arrested.  Seventeen-year-old juvenile of Dorchester and 15-year-old juvenile of Jamaica Plain received the following charges: Delinquent to wit, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; Delinquent to wit, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon; Delinquent to wit, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling; and Delinquent to wit, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.

The third suspect, 19-year-old Tyler Trowers of Dorchester, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm.