One Less Gun: Traffic Violations Lead Officers to Recover One Firearm and Additional Weapons

At about 1:10 AM on Monday, April 13, 2015, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) conducted a traffic stop in the area of 51 Sumner Street.

While on patrol near Columbia Road and Mass Ave., officers observed a gray Toyota pick-up truck fail to stop at a red light. Officers continued to follow the truck and further observed the vehicle take a left turn on Columbia Road without using a turn signal or stopping at the red light. Officers activated their marked cruiser’s emergency equipment (blue lights and siren) to initiate a traffic stop, and the vehicle pulled over safely in front of 51 Sumner Street.

As officers approached the vehicle, they observed the operator duck down out of sight for several seconds. When the suspect sat back up, he stuck his head out the driver’s side window with his hands still inside the car and turned back to look at officers as they approached. When officers reached the driver’s side door, they immediately observed a large black and silver knife and a large can of frontiersman bear attack deterrent (pepper spray) within reach of the suspect’s right hand. For their safety, officers ordered the suspect out of the vehicle in order to perform a pat frisk for any additional weapons. After telling the officers that he did not have any other weapons, officers observed a loaded black Ruger LCR 357 Magnum on the floor in front of the driver’s seat. When the operator could not produce a License to Carry, officers placed him under arrest. Upon searching the vehicle subsequent to the arrest, officers recovered several additional weapons including two axes, several large knives, and a metal baseball bat.

Forty-two-year-old James Kadlick of Quincy was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm in addition to civil violations of the auto laws.