Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Recover 5 Guns in Less Than 36 Hours in Three Separate Incidents Over Labor Day Weekend


BPD Officers Recover 5 Guns in Two Days in Three Separate Incidents: In the Boston Police Department’s ongoing efforts to reduce gun violence while protecting and serving the citizens of Boston, BPD Officers recovered 5 guns in three separate incidents over the Labor Day Weekend.

Said Commissioner Evans: "I can't commend my officers enough for the hard work, dedication and willingness to confront danger in their ongoing efforts to get guns off the streets of Boston. Taking five guns out of circulation is a significant achievement which - hopefully - translates into five fewer gun-related tragedies or crimes in our city."  

The facts and circumstances are as follows: 

Incident #1: At about 4:06am, on Sunday, September 4, 2016, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a disturbance being created by the occupants of a red motor vehicle parked in the area of 87 Westmore Road in Mattapan. On arrival, officers observed a red car with three occupants parked in front of a driveway outside of 79 Westmore Road. While approaching the car, officers observed the rear occupant quickly open his door and exit the vehicle. In light of the rear passenger’s hasty exit, officers asked the individual to remain on the scene to better understand his furtive behavior. While talking to the individual, officers noted that he appeared to be nervous. A search of the rear compartment of the vehicle previously occupied by the rear passenger enabled officers to locate a firearm (see photo). Officers later learned that the firearm, a gray Taurus .38 Special, had been reported stolen out of Florida. Officers arrested Kamaya Duckett, 26, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Receiving a Stolen Firearm.

Incident #2: At about 5:28pm, on Sunday, September 4, 2016, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a call for a man with a gun in the area of 64 Falcon Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers located the suspect inside a basement apartment at the above-mentioned address. Officers quickly established that the suspect had threatened one of his roommates by discharging a round inside the location. A search of the apartment enabled officers to locate the firearm (a silver Clerke 1st .22 Revolver) sitting in a bathroom sink. Furthermore, officers were able to locate and recover the spent round found on the floor of the kitchen. Officers arrested Herbert Hernandes, 29, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Dwelling.

Incident #3: At about 1:10pm, on Monday, September 5, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call to investigate a group causing a disturbance in the rear parking lot of 165 Martin Luther King Blvd. On arrival, officers observed a group of six males standing around two parked cars. While approaching the group, officers observed one of the individuals quickly close the door of the car he was standing next to and then click a key fob to activate the car’s door locks. Officers noted the observation and then proceeded to direct the group’s attention to a sign posted on the building next to the lot which clearly stated the lot was private property and vehicles belonging to non-residents would be towed. Not wanting to tow any of the cars, officers asked the group to move the cars. However, the individual, herein referred to as Lamar Tillery, seen locking one of the vehicles when officers first arrived on scene quickly piped in that one of the cars belonged to his girlfriend and she would move upon her return. When asked why he couldn’t move the car himself given the fact that he was able to lock it, Tillery angrily denied doing so and further stated that he had no keys in his possession. When the imaginary girlfriend failed to return, officers informed Tillery that the vehicle had to be towed. When the tow truck arrived, Tillery grew angry, belligerent and uncooperative. When an inventory search of the vehicle enabled officers to locate and confiscate three firearms (two Springfield Armory 9mm Pistols and one Taurus 140G2 Pistol) hidden under the center console, Tillery was taken into custody. 

In addition to the guns, officers discovered and recovered six plastic bags containing a Class B Drug (Cocaine). Officers later learned that two of the firearms had been reported stolen out of Alabama.

Officers arrested Lamar Tillery, 25, of Boston and charged him with three (3) counts of Unlawful Possession of Firearm, three (3) counts of Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, two (2) counts of Receiving Stolen Property, Trespassing and Trafficking a Class B Drug (Cocaine).