Safer Boston: One in Custody after BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate a Firearm in Roxbury

Safer Boston: One in Custody after BPD Officers Bravely Confiscate a Firearm in Roxbury: At about 2:08PM, on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made a firearm arrest in area of Parker and Gurney Streets in Roxbury. Officers were on directed patrol in the area of Annunciation Road as a result of a shooting incident which occurred the day before inside the Annunciation Housing Development. While patrolling the area, officers observed a group of males loitering in a courtyard. Several of the individuals were known to the officers as a result of previous interactions and encounters. Upon seeing the approaching officers, the group slowly dispersed and began walking away from the area. As the group was leaving, officers observed one of the individuals get involved in a verbal altercation with a motorist. During the verbal altercation, officers observed the individual gesturing and motioning towards his waist area in such a way as if to suggest he was in possession of a firearm. Fortunately, the altercation ended without injury when the motorist drove off. However, the officer’s concern that the individual may be armed remained. In an effort to better understand their observations and concerns, officers, with badges clearly displayed, approached the individual and his three friends in the area of Parker and Gurney Streets. When instructed to remain on the sidewalk, the individual ignored the officers and quickened his pace in an effort to put distance between himself and the officers. However, after catching up to the suspect, officers conducted a pat frisk for the presence of weapons. As a result of the frisk, officers were able to feel and find a firearm in the suspect’s left pocket. When asked to produce a license to carry, the suspect stated that he didn’t have one. The loaded firearm (see photo) was determined to be a Ruger LCP .380 Auto Pistol. 

Officers arrested Dedric Dew, 21, of Lynn and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. He will be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.