One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Career Criminal and Recover Gun in Mattapan


At about 6:30 PM on Monday, July 7, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Morton Street and Canterbury Street in Mattapan.

While on patrol, officers observed a black SUV speeding and driving erratically in the area of Franklin Hill Ave toward Harvard Ave. The vehicle, upon coming to a stop at a traffic light, revealed a non-functioning rear brake light. The vehicle continued to violate numerous traffic laws, causing officers to initiate a motor vehicle stop. As the vehicle pulled to the side of the road, officers observed the operator reach to the passenger’s side of the vehicle where the glove compartment is located and then return to an upright position. Upon determining the identity of the operator, who was known to officers as having multiple firearm arrests, the operator was asked to exit the vehicle. An inventory search of the motor vehicle revealed a loaded Taurus .45 caliber firearm with a large capacity magazine as well as ammunition located in the glove compartment.

Officers arrested 23-year-old Christopher Fauntleroy of Dorchester and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers and Armed Career Criminal.