Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Take Replica Gun Off 12-Year-Old Boy, Use Incident as Opportunity to Provide Resources

At about 5:40 PM on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Warren & Dale Streets.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with a concerned citizen who reported that he observed a young male had put what appeared to be a firearm in a backpack and walked on Kensington Park with a group of teenagers. The officers received a detailed description of the individual and began to canvas the area. As officers approached the playground near Kensington Park, they observed the group and the male fitting the description of the person with the gun. Officers approached the group and asked to inspect the backpack. As officers pat-frisked the bag, they felt the shape of a firearm through the fabric. Upon further investigation, officers recovered a replica firearm and a can of black spray paint from the backpack. The officers observed that the muzzle of the gun appeared to have been tampered with, there was no orange tip, and the replica smelled of spray paint.

Officers were able to identify the 12-year-old juvenile from Roxbury and contacted his mother. The juvenile’s mother responded to the scene, and officers explained the incident to her. Officers also provided the juvenile’s mother with the District B-2 Community Service Office phone number and informed her that they may provide additional resources for her child and can speak to him about the dangerous consequences that may arise from carrying a replica firearm in public. The child was left in the custody of his mother.