One Less Gun: Suspect in Custody after BPD Officers Recover Firearm in East Boston

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 7:40pm, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) were on patrol in the area of Maverick Landing due to numerous complaints from community members relative to loud activity, trespassing and public drinking in the area. While patrolling the area, officers observed a motor vehicle to be parked on property with posted signs clearly stating: Parking for Residents Only. While approaching the car, officers observed two occupants engaged in an activity consistent with the usage of illegal narcotics. While speaking to the occupants, officers immediately recognized the individual sitting in the passenger seat as a person they had encountered several times before. Specifically, the individual was known to carry weapons and had previously faced charges relating to the unlawful possession of firearms. While speaking to the suspect, officers noted that he appeared to be nervous as the pace of his breathing quickened and body language stiffened. In light of the aforementioned, the suspect was asked to exit the vehicle. However, instead of complying, the suspect became belligerent and bad-tempered. After repeated requests to exit the car, the suspect ultimately complied. With the suspect now outside the vehicle, officers detected a hard object while conducting a pat frisk of the suspect for weapons. A further search enabled officers to locate and confiscate a firearm (see photo) described as a Taurus Millennium G2 9MM Semi-Automatic Pistol with 8 rounds of live ammunition housed inside a 12 round magazine.

Officers arrested the suspect, an 18-year-old male from Boston, and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device and Trespassing.