One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Loaded Firearm from Passenger After Traffic Stop in Roxbury

At about 8:45 PM on Sunday August 7, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest after performing a traffic stop in the area of Mount Pleasant Avenue and Fairland Street in Roxbury.  The officers had stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation when they observed a bullet hole in the passenger side of the car.  The officers also observed that the occupants were behaving in a suspicious manner while moving around inside the car and appeared to be extremely nervous.  When the officers announced their intention to perform a pat frisk to determine the presence of weapons, the driver of the vehicle pulled out his cellphone and announced “I’m going to film this” while one of the passengers,  Joseph Gomes, 20, of Dorchester, suddenly stated, “I wasn’t involved when they shot at his car.”  When one of the officers asked Gomes to step out from the vehicle, he exited the car and stood face to face with the officer and said “You’re not touching me” while moving his hands down to the right side of the waistband area of his pants.  The officer attempted to frisk that area, but the suspect pushed his hand away and again stated “You’re not touching me.”  The officer reached for the waistband area of the suspect’s pants again and immediately felt a gun at which time he quickly immobilized the suspect and placed him in custody with the assistance of another officer.  The officers then recovered a loaded .40 caliber Smith & Wesson SW40GVE handgun from the suspect.  It was later determined that the serial number of the firearm had been altered.  The driver of the vehicle was cited for his equipment violation and received a civil citation for a small amount of marijuana which was later recovered from inside the car.  The suspect will appear in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number.