Search Warrant of Motor Vehicle Involved in Shots Fired Incident Downtown —

Search Warrant Leads to Recovery of Large Capacity Firearm Following Violent Confrontation in the Back Bay

At about 12:24 PM on Wednesday June 3, 2020, detectives assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force along with members of the BPD Crime Scene Response Unit and BPD Crime Lab executed a search warrant on a suspect’s motor vehicle at Boston Police Headquarters. The search warrant was applied for and granted out of Roxbury District Court after Youth Violence Strike officers observed a firearm in plain sight inside the vehicle following a violent incident in the Back Bay. The firearm was recovered and determined to be a 9mm Sig Sauer P320 handgun in the lock-back position with an empty 15 round magazine inserted.

The original facts and circumstances of the original incident are as follows: At about 3:08 AM on Sunday May 31, 2020, the officers were on directed patrol attempting to clear large groups of looters in the area of Arlington Street and Boylston Street when their attention was directed to the suspect motor vehicle which had been observed circling the area without a clear purpose. When the officers approached and engaged the operator, he began to argue with them and then drove away erratically, nearly coming in contact with officers and others in the area. The suspect vehicle then turned right onto Providence Street and came to an abrupt stop at which time a gathered group of 21 Boston Police Officers heard 11 rounds fired towards them in rapid succession. The officers immediately took cover and were gratefully unharmed by the barrage of bullets at close range.  The suspect vehicle then continued to flee down Providence Street towards Berkeley Street, turning right onto Boylston Street, back towards the officers. The vehicle was stopped in the area of 200 Boylston Street with the assistance of multiple responding units at which time the suspect was placed in custody without further incident. It was at that time that the arresting officers observed the firearm on the floor of the front passenger side compartment. The vehicle was then towed away and secured pending the issuance of the search warrant.

The suspect, a 37-year-old male from Dorchester, has since been arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder (Multiple Counts), Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License and Failure to Stop for Police.