Investigation Update: Four Suspects Charged in Connection to Death Investigation in the Area of 69 Boston Street in Dorchester


The facts of the original incident are as follows: At about 4:15 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 69 Boston Street, Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a male in his mid-20s inside the hotel suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim was later identified as Joshua Briggs, 22, of Dorchester.

Earlier today, on Wednesday December 20, 2017, John Collins, 27, of Dorchester, Michael Reynolds, 24, of Roxbury, James Coleman, 24, of Milton and Errin Crawford, 29, of Roxbury were all charged with Murder, Armed Home Invasion and Armed Robbery in Boston Municipal Court. Collins and Reynolds were both additionally charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Said Commissioner Evans: “I want to commend the Boston Police Homicide Unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for their work on this case. Thanks to their combined efforts, four individuals are now charged with the murder of Joshua Briggs. Making sure that those responsible are held accountable is one of the ways we can help bring some level of comfort to the victim’s family and loved ones.”