Officers Arrest 25-year-old Male for Third Firearm Offense and Recover Loaded Gun After Foot Pursuit in Jamaica Plain


One Less Gun: At about 10:00 PM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 16 Chilcott Place in Jamaica Plain. While on patrol in the area of 2030 Columbus Avenue, officers observed an individual known to them from prior interactions. Officers had received information that the male may be in possession of a firearm. Officers exited their vehicle and approached the male who immediately turned his back to officers before walking away from the vehicle. The male, who was wearing a fanny pack, quickened his pace and began sprinting away from the officers. Officers pursued the male, who jumped over several fences in an attempt to evade them. After briefly losing sight of the male, additional officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter. The male was located in the bed of a pickup truck in the rear of 16 Chilcott Place. Officers placed the male in custody after a brief struggle. Officers observed the male to no longer be wearing the fanny pack or his shoes. As officers retraced the suspect’s path of flight, they located his sneakers in close proximity to the fanny pack. Inside of the fanny pack, officers located a Glock 19 Gen 4 SYP936 9mm firearm loaded with fifteen rounds of live ammunition. 

Officers arrested Semaj Leary, 25-years-old, of Chelsea. Leary is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court on charges of Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License 3rd Offense, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.