One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Male and Recover Loaded Firearm Following Traffic Stop, Foot Pursuit in Dorchester

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ONE LESS GUN: At about 9:36 PM, on Friday, January 25, 2019, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 58 Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.

While on patrol, officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Washington Street and Bishop Joe L. Smith Way after they observed a motor vehicle traveling without any headlights or tail lights displayed. During the traffic stop, a query of the operator’s license revealed it to be suspended. As officers approached the vehicle to notify the operator of this infraction, he shifted the car into drive and fled from officers at an accelerated speed down Bishop Joe L. Smith Way before coming to stop on Geneva Avenue. The suspect exited the motor vehicle, continuing his flight on foot while clutching a black backpack. Officers gave chase and observed the male desperately attempting to reach into the backpack to remove an unknown item. Eventually, officers were able to catch up to the suspect in the area of 58 Geneva Avenue. After several unsuccessful attempts to remove the unknown item from the backpack, the suspect threw the bag onto the ground and began walking towards officers, refusing multiple commands to stop. The suspect was then placed under arrest following a brief struggle. Officers were able to locate a Cobray M11 firearm loaded with twenty-one rounds of live ammunition. 

Officers arrested Syrus Hampton, 28-years-old, of Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Operating after Revocation or Suspension, and Failure to Stop for a Police Officer. The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.