Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Shots Fired Incident in Roxbury


Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Shots Fired Incident in Roxbury: At about 7:33PM, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) were on patrol in the area of 30 St. James Street in Roxbury when they observed a motor vehicle wanted in connection to an earlier call in which the operator of the vehicle is believed to have brandished a firearm during a heated confrontation with another individual in the area of 464 Tremont Street in the South End. In light of the earlier incident, officers knew who the vehicle was registered to. In fact, after exiting their marked police cruiser, officers soon observed and located the individual in the presence of a small group of males in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Fearing the presence of a firearm and, as always, acting in the best interest of officer safety, officers promptly conducted a pat frisk of the individual for weapons. When no weapons were discovered, officers began questioning the individual about his possible involvement with the earlier incident. However, the individual quickly became argumentative and began to verbally disparage the officers. In short time, tensions heightened and more individuals began to join the confrontation. As such, officers called for additional officers to respond to the scene. With back-up officers on scene, officers, while working hard to establish the peace, heard the sound of gunshots in the immediate area. After taking cover and quickly making certain that no one had been injured, officers established a perimeter and began searching for suspects and ballistic evidence. Officers soon located 5 rounds of ballistic evidence in the rear of 22 Akron Street and ballistic damage to a 2nd floor window in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Additionally, a discarded firearm, described as a Bersa .40 caliber pistol, was located and recovered between two vehicles in a vacant lot at the intersection of Akron Street and Regent Street. Although several individuals were interviewed at the scene, no one was arrested or charged. However, over the course of the next several days, investigators from District B-2 (Roxbury), after reviewing facts and circumstances surrounding the call, were able to establish the names of the individuals wanted in connection to the shots fired incident  

After securing arrest warrants for the individuals in question, officers arrested Kevin Graham, 18, of Boston, Shaquille Watford, 25, of Brockton and James Morale, 22, of Boston and charged all three with:

  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

  • Unlawful Possession of Ammunition

  • Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way

  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building

  • Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon To Wit Firearm.