One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest Two and Seize a Gun in Roxbury


At about 3:42 AM on Saturday, June 6, 2015, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were stopped at a red light in the area of Humboldt Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard when two individuals riding a motor scooter without helmets rolled up next to the officers’ cruiser. While talking to the individuals and asking them to explain why they weren’t wearing helmets, officers noted that the rear passenger was moving in such a way as if to suggest he was holding something, possibly a firearm, tight to his waist area. Fearing the presence of a weapon, the officers asked the passenger to remove his arms from his waist. When the suspect complied, officers observed the butt end of a firearm tucked into the suspect’s waist area. Upon seeing the firearm, officers instructed the operator to pull to the side of the road. However, instead of pulling over, the operator took off. While following behind the suspects, officers observed the suspects lose control of the scooter in the area of Dudley and East Cottage Streets. Upon losing control of the scooter, one suspect took off running while the other suspect regained control of the scooter and attempted to flee the area. In short time, both suspects were apprehended. A pat frisk of both suspects for the presence of a firearm proved unsuccessful. However, a search of the area with help from a BPD Canine Unit enabled officers to locate the firearm (see picture) in a front yard in the area of 25 Maywood Street. Upon confiscating the firearm, officers noted that the firearm had what appeared to be scratch and scrape marks consistent with that of a firearm that’s been thrown and struck a concrete surface.

Officers arrested the operator of the scooter, Claudio Lopes, 19, of Dorchester, and charged him with Failure to Stop for a Police Officer.

Officers arrested the passenger on the scooter, Shaquan Pinckney, 21, of Dorchester, and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Defaced/Obliterated Serial Number and Carrying a Firearm on a Public Way.