One Less Gun: Two Under Arrest After Traffic Stop in Roxbury Leads to the Recovery of a Loaded Firearm

At about 9:00 PM on Wednesday August 31, 2016, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force placed two suspects in custody on firearm related charges after a traffic stop in the area of 228 Quincy Street in Roxbury.  The officers were on routine patrol when they observed a motor vehicle with an equipment violation and attempted to stop it.  The officers activated their lights and sirens and followed the car for several blocks before it finally pulled to the side of the road.  As the officers approached the vehicle, they observed the operator, later identified as Christopher Jones, 38, of Dorchester, reaching over to the floor of the passenger area before quickly sitting back up.  Officers observed a black Coach handbag on the floor in between the legs of the front seat passenger, later identified as Edward Cofield, 49, of Dorchester, and could see that he appeared to be extremely nervous.  When the officers asked the passenger what was inside the bag, he quickly replied “What do you mean I have a warrant?”  At no time had any of the officers mentioned a warrant.  The officers made the decision to remove the passenger after he repeatedly reached for the handbag against numerous commands by the officers to keep his hands away from it.  The officers then performed a pat frisk of the bag and immediately felt a firearm which was later recovered and determined to be a loaded 9mm Walther P1 handgun.  The suspects were placed in custody without incident and will appear in Roxbury District Court where they will both be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd & Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Armed Career Criminal.