One Less Gun: Officers’ Keen Observations Lead to Arrest, Recovered Firearm

At about 2:50 PM on Monday, November 2, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force on-sited an arrest in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Rhoades Street in District B-3 (Mattapan).

While on patrol, officers observed two individuals on a front porch on Baird Street. As the officers drove by in their unmarked cruiser, the two males took notice of the vehicle and the officers and quickly ran inside the residence. Finding this suspicious, the unit set up surveillance in the area and monitored the individuals.

Moments later, the males reemerged from the house onto the front porch. Officers then observed a third male approach the porch from the sidewalk. One of the individuals stepped down, spoke to the male, and the two took a walk down the street to a driveway a few houses away. The officers observed what appeared to be a drug transaction take place between the two individuals, at which point the officers approached the group to investigate further. Officers began to exit their cruiser and the first male became wide-eyed and quickly looked up Blue Hill Avenue. As officers approached, the male then grabbed his waistband with both hands and ran up Blue Hill Ave. Believing he was in possession of a firearm, officers followed him. During the pursuit, officers observed the suspect bend down quickly near a parked vehicle, then heard the sound of metal striking the pavement. After a short foot chase, officers were able to apprehend the suspect. When officers returned to the area of the parked vehicle, they observed a loaded Harrington and Richardson Arm Company .38 revolver.

The suspect, 20-year-old Dmitri Hall of Jamaica Plain, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. All other individuals were identified and released.