Firearm Recovered and Three Arrested During Traffic Stop in Jamaica Plain


At about 7:53 PM on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested two males and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of Columbus Avenue and Centre Street in Jamaica Plain. While on patrol in the area of the aforementioned location, officers observed a motor vehicle operating without a valid inspection sticker. Officers conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the operator. The operator provided officers with a Massachusetts Identification Card in lieu of an active driver’s license. Officers advised the operator that his identification card is not valid to operate a vehicle. Officers requested identification from the two other occupants, a front and rear passenger, both provided their information verbally to officers. While speaking to the occupants, officers observed two open beer bottles and a case of beer on the ground in front of the front passenger, who appeared increasingly nervous. A query of the operator’s identification yielded the result of a revoked license, and with neither of the occupants possessing an active license, all parties were removed from the vehicle. Officers subsequently located a plastic bag containing a pair of sweatpants, and inside of the pocket was an XD-9 Springfield Armory firearm loaded with twelve rounds of live ammunition. Officers placed all three occupants under arrest. 

Officers arrested the operator, Ervonne Carter, 51-years-old, of Roxbury, the front passenger, Lashawn Bannister, 24-years-old, of Boston, and the rear passenger, Walter Coleman, 22-years-old, of Dorchester. All are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License. Carter faces an additional charge of Operating After Revocation as well as a MA Uniform Citation. Coleman is additionally charged with Firearm Violation with Three Prior Violent/ Drug Offenses.