One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm Downtown


At about 2:50 AM on Sunday, September 28, 2014, officers assigned to District A-1 (Downtown) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 105 Chauncey Street in the Downtown area. 

While on directed patrol in the area of the above location due to recent firearms related incidents, officers were approached by a concerned citizen who stated that he observed three unknown males displaying a firearm enter the bathroom. The three males then fled the area on foot. Officers then gathered a description of the suspects and proceeded to search the surrounding area in an effort to locate them. A short time later, officers observed three males matching the description of the suspects in the area of Gateway Park and Beach Street. Upon seeing officers, the males immediately fled the area on foot with officers in tow. Officers commanded the males to stop, to which two of them complied. The third individual ignored officers’ requests and continued to sprint away from them. Following a brief foot chase in which the suspect continuously adjusted an apparent object in his waistband, later discarding it during the pursuit, officers were able to apprehend the male with the assistance of MBTA officers. Upon retracing the suspect’s route, officers were able to locate a black semi-automatic Bodyguard firearm loaded with six live rounds of ammunition. 

Officers arrested 28-year-old Demetrius Williams of Boston and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Second Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. 

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 507  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, 385 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 892 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.