One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two and Recover a Firearm during Traffic Stop in Mattapan


At about 12:23 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force conducted a stop of a motor vehicle for violations of the auto laws in the area of 156 Wilmington Avenue in District B-3 (Mattapan).

Officers spoke with the operator, who initially refused to produce a driver’s license. Officers soon determined that the operator’s license was suspended, and arrested 37-year-old Terrence Gandy of Boston for Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended/Revoked.

The officers also spoke with the passenger of the vehicle, whom they observed in possession of a can of pepper spray attached to a key chain in his lap. For the safety of those in the area, the pepper spray was placed out of the passenger’s reach. The officer ordered the passenger to exit the vehicle so that the officer may conduct a pat frisk for additional weapons. The passenger complied and informed the officer that he was on probation. As the officer queried the passenger’s identity, his partner conducted a pat frisk of the passenger. During the pat frisk, the officer felt what appeared to be a firearm in the passenger’s waistband, and the officer subsequently recovered a loaded black Sig Sauer P250 firearm. The query of the passenger’s identity revealed that he had an active warrant for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

The passenger, 39-year-old Gary Lee of Norwood, was arrested for the warrant and additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Armed Career Criminal (Level 2).