One Less Gun: Officers Arrest Two Suspects, Recover Two Firearms in South Boston


At about 2:00 AM on Friday, January 19, 2018, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of Ticknor Street. Officers on patrol in the area received a description of two men carrying what appeared to be a rifle case alight in a four-door silver PT Cruiser.

Officers travelling on L Street observed a silver PT Cruiser with two occupants cross over L Street on Eighth. Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the vehicle, activating the blue lights and siren on their marked cruiser. The vehicle stopped long enough for officers to approach and demand to see the occupants’ hands. Officers observed a clear plastic bag in the passenger’s hands before the operator drove away. Officers observed the vehicle take a left on I Street and drove in that direction. While on I Street, officers observed the passenger, later identified as 38-year-old Brendan P. Donovan of South Boston, walking on I Street. Officers stopped him and conducted a pat frisk. When officers pulled a hard object (later identified as a clear plastic bag with a Shinola brand wrist watch in it) out of the Donovan’s pant pocket, a small clear plastic bag with a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine also fell out of the pocket with it.

At about the same time, a State trooper observed the same PT Cruiser travelling on Day Boulevard. The trooper followed the vehicle for several turns near the area of Preble Street, but momentarily lost sight of the car near Mohawk Street and Devine Way. The trooper continued the search for the vehicle and soon located it parked on a pedestrian pathway in the Sterling Square courtyard. The operator, later identified as 45-year-old Keith M. Kimball of Dorchester, was outside the car and submitted to a pat frisk by the trooper. As a result, the trooper located a trigger lock inside his pocket. BPD officers arriving on scene observed a black case a short distance away in the rear of 17 Gavin Way. Inside the case were two firearms (both had brown wooden stocks with black barrels believed to be .22 caliber). Inside the vehicle officers recovered a black ski mask, a set of black gloves, and one single black glove.

Officers arrested Donovan and Kimball and charged them with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawfully Carrying an Unloaded Rifle/Shotgun on a Public Way. Donovan was additionally charged with Possession of Class B Substance (Cocaine) and Possession of Class E Substance when six Aderol pills were found in his pocket at booking. Officers additionally charged Kimball with Operating a Motor Vehicle after License Suspended/Revoked.