Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Armed Suspect Following a Call for a Person with a Gun in Dorchester

ONE LESS GUN: At about 9:07PM, on Sunday, March 24, 2019, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Stonehurst and Norton Streets in Dorchester. While en route to the call, officers received information relative to the suspect’s description. Officers were told to be on the look-out for a stocky  Hispanic male suspect with facial hair, 5’8” tall, stocky build wearing a backwards baseball hat and a green puffy jacket who was seen running from the scene with what appeared to be a dark-colored firearm in his hand. In short time, officers observed an individual matching the description of the suspect in the area of Stonehurst and Norton Streets. While approaching the suspect, officers observed the suspect move towards a parked motor vehicle, open the rear passenger door and place something on the floor of the car before hastily slamming the door closed. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers ordered the suspect to show his hands before placing him into handcuffs for the safety of the officers and community members in the immediate area. While performing a pat frisk of the motor vehicle’s rear passenger area, officers discovered and recovered a large, loaded black handgun (see photo) found on the floor of the vehicle. Officers arrested a 45-year-old male from Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. When asked to provide a license to carry a firearm, the suspect stated that he was unable to.