One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One Juvenile with Loaded Firearm and Summons One Adult Suspect after Melee in Roxbury

At about 12:05 AM on Saturday, January 03, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) and the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest in the area of Creston and Normandy Streets.

While patrolling the area due to recent firearm related incidents, officers observed a group of teenage males exit 17 Normandy Street and enter a white sedan. Officers were familiar with this particular vehicle because it was recently observed leaving a shooting scene. In light of this past encounter, officers elected to use extreme caution and requested additional officers to assist in the investigation.

While awaiting backup, the officers followed the vehicle and observed it park illegally on Creston Street. The front seat passenger quickly exited the vehicle and attempted to walk away while making movements consistent with those of a person concealing a firearm. Officers were able to stop the male and immediately recognized him as a known member of a street gang who had been involved in previous violent encounters. Due to his violent past and furtive movements, officers feared this male may have a weapon and performed a pat frisk. During their encounter, officers recovered a bag of rock-like substance consistent with crack cocaine. At this time, a second vehicle drove onto the scene and parked across the street. Officers recognized the driver as the brother of the suspect they had detained, as well as a known gang member. The occupants of both vehicles then began shouting to each other, and the detained suspect encouraged his brother to run away from the police. The situation quickly escalated when the remaining occupants of both cars, ignoring the officers’ commands, exited the vehicles, and the detained suspect jumped up off the curb becoming extremely hostile toward the officers.

The officers were now drastically outnumbered in the middle of a potentially dangerous situation. Two subjects immediately ran from the scene, while officers were able to gain control of another juvenile. Upon performing a pat frisk on this juvenile, officers subsequently retrieved a loaded black and silver Kurz 380 caliber 9MM firearm from his waistband. The 14-year-old juvenile of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.

Various backup units gave chase to the two fleeing suspects to no avail. The 22-year-old adult suspect of Dorchester was summoned to court for Possession of Class B Substance.

Officers identified and released two more adult males and a juvenile.