Two Arrested and Firearm Recovered After Shots Fired in Roxbury


At about 3:59 AM on Thursday, June 13, 2019, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue in Roxbury. While enroute to the above location, officers received information that a black female suspect had fired gunshots in the direction of the highway and was walking toward the expressway behind the South Bay House of Correction. On arrival, officers spoke to a white male operating a bright orange bicycle who stated that a female was shooting off fireworks in the area. Officers continued to search the area of Mass Ave and Melnea Cass for the female, eventually locating her within a group of individuals including the male on the bicycle. As officers approached, the female began to flee on foot, but was located and apprehended a short distance away. The male on the bicycle fled in the opposite direction, but was also located and apprehended. Officers recovered ten small plastic bags containing a substance believed to be crack cocaine as well as a Smith & Wesson .38 SPL loaded with four rounds of live ammunition and two spent shell casings from the male suspect. The female suspect was found to have an active warrant and was also taken into custody. 

Officers arrested Tiernan Walsh, 18-years-old, of Mattapan and Lakeesha Braggs, 25-years-old, of Roxbury. Walsh is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drugs. Braggs is expected to be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building and Possession of Class A Substance. Braggs also has an active warrant out of Roxbury District Court for charges of Fugitive from Justice, Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.