At about 1:00 PM on Tuesday January 1, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite firearm arrest while recovering two loaded firearms during an investigation in the area of Woodruff Way and Woodbole Avenue in Mattapan. The officers were on patrol when they observed Josiah Stirling, 29, of West Roxbury and Naquan Mahone, 23, of Mattapan who were known to them through previous interactions walking in the area. Upon seeing the officers approaching, Stirling came to an abrupt stop as Mahone immediately took off running while pinning his arm against the right side of his waist. As the officers pursued, they observed Mahone discard a firearm on the ground which was safely recovered and later determined to be a loaded 9mm Smith and Wesson M&P Shield handgun equipped with a TR4 laser sight attached. The suspect continued to flee through neighboring backyards while scaling several fences. Despite their best efforts, the suspect was able to allude the officers.
As the foot pursuit was unfolding, officers attempted to perform a pat frisk of Stirling at which time a violent struggle ensued. As the officers struggled to gain control of the suspect, a holstered firearm fell from the waist band area of the suspect. Officers were eventually able to place the suspect in custody at which time they safely recovered the holstered firearm which was determined to be a loaded .45 caliber Rock Island Armory M1911 A1-FS handgun with a defaced serial number. Josiah Stirling is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.
Officers continued their investigation which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Mahone on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm. At about 5:30 PM on Wednesday January 2, 2019, officers located and arrested the suspect in the area of 15 Ridgeview Avenue in Mattapan.