One Less Gun: Officers in District B-2 Arrest One Suspect in Possession of a Loaded Firearm in Roxbury


About 1:08 AM on Thursday, July 17, 2018, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury), responded to a radio call for two males in their twenties, fighting in a gray sedan, in the area of 10 Roxbury Street, Roxbury. Officers arrived on scene and observed the gray sedan occupied by two unknown males who appeared to be sleeping. Officers began knocking on both windows, which arose the occupants.

Officers noticed that the male passenger had quickly positioned his left leg very closely towards his right leg. The suspect was noticeably stiff in his seat not moving any part of his body.  All of these actions led officers to believe that the passenger was attempting to conceal what was underneath his legs.

Due to the nature of the call and officer’s observation of the passenger, an exit order was issued. Officer asked the passenger to exit the vehicle, to which he refused. After the fourth time being asked to step out of the motor vehicle, the passenger, later identified as, 21-year-old Franz Shelton of Roxbury, complied. As the suspect exited the motor vehicle, officers observed what appeared to be a black firearm, on the passenger seat, directly underneath where the suspect had been sitting. The suspect spun away in an attempt to flee the scene.  After a brief struggle officers were able to safely place suspect under arrest.  Recovered from the motor vehicle was a black Diamondback DB9, 9x19 Semi-Automatic Firearm with obliterated serial numbers, and a magazine loaded with six rounds of 9mm Luger Cartridges.  

Franz Shelton was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with Altered Serial Numbers, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Resisting Arrest. He will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.