BPD Officers Hindered from Doing Their Job While Attempting to Apprehend Armed Juvenile in Roxbury

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BPD Officers Hindered from Doing Their Job While Attempting to Apprehend Armed Juvenile in Roxbury: On Thursday, August 2, 2018, officers assigned to the City Wide Drug Control Unit were conducting directed patrol in the area of 2 Estabrook Road in Roxbury while attempting to serve a search warrant in connection to an ongoing firearm investigation on a juvenile male living in the neighborhood. While surveilling the area, officers observed the male in question exit the above-mentioned location while in the company of a second juvenile male. Officers soon noted that one of the juveniles appeared to be nervous, looking around anxiously, while clutching and holding a backpack close to his body.

Officers observed both individuals walk a short distance before ducking into the Dewitt Community Center located at 122 Dewitt Drive. Following behind the individuals, officers were buzzed into the community center after identifying themselves as police officers. Once inside, officers quickly asked the front desk staffer to help them in locating the two suspects. After being directed to an upstairs classroom, officers located and observed both suspects sitting in the classroom. After alerting the proctor of their intentions, the officers waited in the hallway as the suspects made their way towards them. However, as soon as the suspects exited the classroom, both attempted to flee the scene while pushing and physically assaulting the officers. While one of the suspects was subdued in the hallway, the other suspect bolted towards the stairwell leading to the first-floor exit.

As the second officer gave chase and attempted to apprehend the suspect, a physical altercation ensued causing both the officer and suspect to tumble and fall down the stairs leading to the first floor. As the officer struggled to subdue and maintain control of the suspect, the suspect repeatedly kicked the officer in the face and upper body. As the altercation spilled into the main lobby of the building, responding officers, forced to watch the altercation through the community center’s glass doors, were unable to gain entry and provide support to the struggling officer because a front desk staffer refused to let them in. Eventually, officers did gain entry and were able to help subdue the suspect. A search of the suspect’s backpack enabled officers to see and seize a loaded firearm described as a Chiappa .22 caliber Revolver (See photo).

When asked to explain the delay in allowing responding officers to enter the building, the front desk staffer stated that she had been reprimanded by a supervisor who took issue with her decision to allow officers inside building in the first place. Dismayed and disillusioned by the explanation, officers promptly explained to the staffer that a search warrant isn’t a suggestion or topic for discussion, but rather a court order that gives police officers the authority and authorization to conduct a search of a person regardless of location.

Two officers were transported from the scene and treated for non-life threatening injuries at an area hospital.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old juvenile from Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Firearm on a Public Way, Assault & Battery on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old juvenile from Boston and charged him with Assault & Battery on a Police Officer and Interfering with Police Officers.