One Less Gun: Officers & Detectives Arrest Suspect After He Pulls Out Gun on Geneva Avenue in Dorchester

leroy street geneva gun.jpg

On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at approximately 1:04pm, detectives and officers of the Youth Violence Strike Force were conducting surveillance in the area of 22 Leroy Street, Dorchester (District C-11) in relation to serving a warrant. Observations of the suspect upon which the warrant was to be served were made.  The suspect and another male walked down Leroy Street to Geneva Avenue.  Officers stopped the suspect at Geneva Avenue and Topliff Street.  The individual walking with the suspect immediately grabbed his waist and fled away from officers, still grabbing the right side of his waist as he ran.  Through past experience and training, officers determined that the individual was securing a weapon in his waist area.  As the individual approached the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Leroy Street, he pulled a black revolver firearm from his right waist side and turned half his body towards pursuing officers. 

A department vehicle was approaching the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Leroy Street as the suspect removed the firearm from his waist.  The officer drove the department vehicle partially onto the sidewalk at the intersection in order to block the suspect from turning the corner onto Leroy Street.  This was done in order to stop his escape and prevent the suspect from being in a position where he could engage the officers with his firearm.  The suspect continued to run from officers and had his head facing officers as he ran.  Because of this, the suspect did not see the department vehicle blocking a direct route to Leroy Street.  The suspect ran into the hood of the department vehicle and fell to the ground.  As he fell to the ground the firearm fell from his right hand onto the grass near him. Officers were then able to secure the suspect and the firearm.  The firearm was discovered to be a Rossi Interarms .38 Special revolver loaded with (5) rounds of .38 caliber ammunition.  It was determined that the suspect was not licensed to carry firearms in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The suspect was transported to District C11, where he complained of pain to his face and leg.  He was transported to Boston Medical Center from C11 for evaluation.  

Gerald Vick, 25, of Mattapan, will be charged in Dorchester District Court with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.