One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover a Firearm After Arresting a Juvenile on Gun-related Charges in Mattapan

ONE LESS GUN: At about 5:51pm, on Monday, December 17, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of Astoria Street when they observed an individual walking in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a weapon. Specifically, officers noted that the individual was clutching at the waistband of his sweatpants with his right hand while the suspect's left arm continued to sway back and forth in a normal manner. Officers further noted that the suspect’s right arm looked to be pressed tightly to his right side as if to indicate that individual was attempting to conceal something. Officers further observed the suspect's stride appeared to be hindered due to the effort being made to control and conceal the object in his waist area. While approaching the suspect, officers noted that the suspect appeared to be nervous and, upon seeing the officers, began to quicken his pace in an effort to avoid them. Believing that the suspect was armed, officers attempted to engage the suspect in conversation. However, as the officers got closer, the suspect took off running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect. A search of the suspect enabled officers to locate and take possession of a firearm (see photo) found inside the suspect’s waistband.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old male of Boston and charged him with the  Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Feeding Device and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.