Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Confiscate 4 Firearms in Less Than 6 Hours, Arrest 3 on Gun-Related Charges


In the BPD’s ongoing and unwavering efforts to protect and serve the citizens of Boston by targeting those who knowingly carry and possess unlawful firearms, the men and women of the Boston Police Department arrested three individuals on gun-related charges and confiscated four firearms in less than six hours.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I continue to be impressed by my officers’ courage and never-ending commitment to keeping our city safe. Taking four guns off the streets is a significant achievement that most certainly makes our community safer and I applaud my officers for the dedication and devotion that goes into protecting our city while bravely confronting those who think it’s okay to carry unlawful firearms in our community.”

The facts and circumstances surrounding the four incidents are as follows:


At about 7:00 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force stopped an individual believed to be in possession of a firearm in the area of Ames Street and Ames Way. When officers approached the individual to further investigate the incident in an effort confirm the presence of a firearm, the individual attempted make good his escape by running away from the approaching officers. While running behind the suspect, officers observed the individual reaching for and grabbing a firearm which could be seen in the suspect’s right jacket pocket. Upon seeing the firearm, officer immediately began issuing verbal commands instructing the suspect to drop the gun. However, instead of complying with the officer’s lawful instructions, the suspect chose to keep running. After a lengthy foot pursuit, officers were able to locate and subdue the suspect in the area of 81 Floyd Street. A search of the suspect for the gun proved unsuccessful. However, when officers traced the steps taken by the suspect during the foot pursuit, they were able to locate the firearm (see photo) along a fence inside a neighboring yard in the area of 89 Floyd Street. The firearm, a loaded a black Sig Sauer 9mm, was taken into evidence. Officers arrested Jerion Moore, 19, of Stoughton and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.     


At about 9:25 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018, officers from District D-4 (South End) were on patrol in the area of 35 Brannon-Harris Way in the Lennox area when officers observed an individual, believed to be the subject of a no trespass order, enter one of the buildings inside the complex. As a result, officers followed the individual inside the building. After speaking to the individual, officers allowed the individual to leave the location. While still inside the building, officers received information relative to a weapon possibly hidden inside one of common areas. A search of the area enabled officers to locate and confiscate a loaded Ruger SR45 firearm tucked into a void or hole found in the common hallway. This matter to be further investigated by District D-4 detectives.


At about 12:44 AM on Sunday, January 28, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike were on directed patrol in the area of Hiawatha Rd acting on information relative to an individual possibly in possession of a firearm. On arrival, officers observed an individual matching the description of the individual believed to be armed. It should be noted that this individual was known to the officers as a result of past interactions. When officers attempted to engage the suspect in conversation in an effort further investigate the incident and better establish the validity of the complaint, the individual chose to ignore the officers and refused to acknowledge their presence. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to confiscate a loaded firearm while a search of the suspect enabled officers to retrieve a plastic bag of heroin. Officers arrested John Lewis, 25, of Boston and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (3rd Offense) and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drug (Heroin).


At about 12:54 AM on Sunday, January 28, 2018, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of 480 Norfolk Street when officers heard what sounded like gunshots. Upon hearing the noise, officers immediately exited their cruiser and soon observed a male walking in a hurried fashion. When officers approached and asked the male if had heard the shots, the male, who appeared to be nervous, stated he didn’t. While talking to the individual, officers noted that there appeared to be a heavy object in one of the suspect’s jacket pockets. When officers asked the individual if he was in possession of a firearm, the individual became visibly anxious and began breathing heavily. A pat frisk of the suspect enabled officers to recover a silver-colored firearm with two live rounds of ammunition. Officers arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way.