One Less Gun: Call for Shots Fired Enables BPD Officers to Arrest One and Recover an Illegal Gun in Dorchester

At about 5:23pm, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of Washington Street and Columbia Road. On arrival, officers were able to ascertain the identity and description of the individual responsible for the shots fired. A search of the area enabled members of the Youth Violence Strike Force to locate the suspect in the area of 339 Adams Street. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to locate and take possession of a firearm (see photo) found in the suspect’s pocket. Officers arrested a 16 year-old male from Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.  

*** Noteworthy Statistics: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 408 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 366 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All tolled, there are 774 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts.  For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.