One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Suspect with Three Active Warrants and a Loaded Firearm in Roxbury

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At about 9:45 PM on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Ruthven Street and Pleasanton Street.

While en route to the area, officers received a description of a person who had pulled a gun out of his belt before entering a parked gray sedan parked on Ruthven Street near Elm Hill Avenue. Upon arrival to the area, officers observed the parked gray car with two occupants, one in the front passenger’s seat and one in the rear passenger’s seat. The officers observed that the male sitting in the front seat fit the earlier description of the person with a gun and recognized him as 20-year-old Michael C. Morris of Dorchester. Officers were aware that Morris had several active warrants for his arrest and, upon approaching the vehicle, ordered Morris from the car. Officers then conducted a pat frisk of Morris and the area of the car where he had been sitting. As a result of the frisk, officers recovered a loaded black Bersa SA Thunder 380 ACP firearm with an obliterated serial number from under Morris’s seat.

Officers placed Morris under arrest by virtue of three active warrants, and he was additionally charged with Violation of a Restraining Order, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent Offense), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Number, and Unlawfully Carrying a Loaded Firearm. The second passenger of the vehicle was identified and released.