One Less Gun: BPD Officers Recover Firearm and Arrest One on Gun-Related Charges in Mattapan

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One Less Gun: BPD Officers bravely took another gun off the streets of Boston earlier this evening when they arrested Taquari Milton, 22, of Dorchester in the area of 500 River Street in Mattapan. Year to date, in ongoing efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston, BPD Officers have taken close to 130 firearms out of the hands of individuals intent on disturbing and disrupting the quality of life and peace of mind of law abiding citizens in our community.  

At about 8:16 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force encountered Milton and promptly noted that he appeared to be in possession of a firearm as he continued to clutch and grab at an object in his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the suspect stated, “I don’t have anything.” However, while talking to the officers, the suspect again began reaching for an object in his waist area. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers attempted to pat frisk the suspect. After a brief struggle, officers were able to disarm the suspect after securing and removing a firearm (see photo) from the suspect’s right jacket pocket.

Milton, who is charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Resisting Arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I commend my officers once again for their bravery, courage, and never-ending commitment to keeping people safe in our city. As I’ve said so many times before, there are way too many guns out there, and it’s way too easy to get them. Thankfully, my officers continue to work hard in their ongoing efforts to identify and apprehend those who think it’s okay to carry illegal firearms in our city. Thanks to their efforts, the individual in this case is behind bars and, hopefully, second-guessing his decision to carry an illegal firearm in the first place.”