One Less Gun: Cops & Community Members Team Up to Track Down a Gun-Toting Suspect in Roxbury

One Less Gun: Cops & Community Members Team Up to Track Down a Gun-Toting Suspect in Roxbury: At about 3:57PM, on Saturday, March 21, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired at the intersection of Albert & Ruggles Streets in Roxbury. On arrival, officers spoke with several witnesses who stated that after hearing shots fired, an individual (described as a black male, approximately 5’9” to 5’11” tall, wearing a wearing a black baseball hat, black jacket, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants) was seen fleeing the area on foot with a black firearm in hand. The suspect was seen running in the area of 290 Ruggles Street. One witness actually snapped a quick cell phone photo of the suspect as he attempted to make good his escape and forwarded it to police who then used the photo to update officers with a more detailed description of the suspect. In short time, a detail officer working in the area of Huntington Avenue and Forsyth Street observed and stopped an individual whose description matched that of the suspect. Thanks to the photo supplied by the tech-savvy witness, officers were able to identify and apprehend the suspect. A pat frisk of the suspect for the firearm used in the incident proved unsuccessful. However, a search of the immediate area by a Boston Police K-9 Officer and his trusty canine enabled officers to locate and recover a firearm (a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum) under a motor vehicle in the area of 300 Ruggles Street. A photo of the recovered firearm has been included above.

Said Commissioner William Evans: “An arrest like this one highlights how safe our city is and can be when we all work together. In addition to thanking my officers, I want to thank and commend the concerned community members who stepped up and gave our officers the information they needed to recover a gun and put the suspect seen using it behind bars. Total team effort. I’m proud of everybody involved.”    

Officers arrested Shermarke Duale, 21, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling and Armed Career Criminal.