INCIDENT #1: At about 11:48AM, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bird Street and Columbia Road when officers observed a gray motor vehicle travelling with what appeared to be excessively tinted windows. In light of their observations, officers attempted to stop the motor vehicle. However, instead of pulling over, the operator slowed but refused to come to a complete stop. While following behind the car, officers observed the front seat passenger moving in such a way as if to suggest he was attempting to conceal something. Eventually, the car came to a stop in the area of Alexander Street and Blue Hill Ave. But, as soon as the vehicle stopped, a black male, carrying a backpack, quickly emerged from the car and took off running. After a lengthy foot chase, officers were able to catch up to and subdue the suspect. A search of the backpack enabled officers to locate and confiscate a German Sport Guns GSG 1911 firearm (see photo above). Officers arrested Fitzgerald Saint-Louis, 22, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.
INCIDENT #2: Approximately three hours later, at about 3:15pm, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol in the area of Bowdoin Street and Geneva Ave when they observed two individuals operating dirt bikes while not wearing helmets. While following behind the dirt bikes, officers noted that one of the operators was wearing a backpack which looked to be weighted down by some sort of heavy object located at the bottom of the bag. Fearing the presence of a weapon, coupled with the operator’s failure to wear a protective helmet, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) in an effort to stop the operator. However, instead of stopping, the operator accelerated in an effort to escape the officers. Officers were able to catch up to and stop the operator in the area of Talbot Ave near the Lee School. A pat frisk of the suspect’s backpack enabled officers to locate and confiscate a silver Interarms .38 revolver (see photo). Officers arrested Theron White, 27, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Operating an Off Road Vehicle on a Public Way, Operating after License Suspension and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer.
INCIDENT #3: Less than an hour later, at about 4:10pm, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were on patrol when officers observed a black motor vehicle fail to stop for a stop sign in the area of Rosseter and Bullard Streets. In light of the aforementioned violation, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) to conduct a lawful traffic stop. While approaching the vehicle, officers observed the operator moving in such a way as if to suggest he was attempting to hide or conceal something under the front seat of the vehicle. While talking to the operator, officers noted that he appeared to be nervous while visibly shaking and breathing heavily. When asked if he had hidden anything under his seat, the operator became increasingly more uneasy and quickly put his car into drive and slammed down the accelerator in an effort to escape the area. After losing sight of the suspect, officers were able to regain a visual on the suspect when he was forced to stop his vehicle after getting tangled up in traffic in the area of Westville Street and Drayton Street. As officers got closer, they observed the suspect discard an object as he exited his vehicle and ran down an alley in the area of 216 Westville Street. Officers were able to catch up to the suspect. After a physical altercation, officers were able to take the suspect into custody. A search of the immediate area enabled officers to locate and recover a black .40 caliber Glock (see photo) which the suspect attempted to discard.
Officers arrested Hal McIntosh, 29, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Possession of Large Capacity Feeding Device and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd Subsequent Offense).
Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to commend my officers for the hard work and ongoing efforts to keep people safe in our city. Within five hours, my officers bravely took three guns off of our streets and arrested the three individuals who thought it was okay to illegally possess them. As I’ve mentioned many times before, the 4th of July has always been a challenging time for those of us in law enforcement due to the loud parties and large gatherings which always seem to lead to trouble and violence. But, thanks to my officers, there’s no doubt in my mind that this day was a whole lot safer thanks to their efforts.”