On Sunday, January 7 at approximately 10:20 a.m., a Massachusetts State Trooper stopped a 2002 Black Acura Sedan with Massachusetts plates for making an illegal U-turn. The motor vehicle stop was effected by Trooper Kyle Reed after he observed the car, which also had its hazard lights activated and snow covering the vehicle in various areas.
After stopping the vehicle on Columbus Avenue in Boston, Trooper Reed identified the driver and sole occupant as ANTOINE GOFORTH, 34, of Boston. When asked, GOFORTH could not produce the registration for the vehicle. When asked if the registration was in the glove compartment, GOFORTH opened the glove compartment and handed Trooper Reed a black zippered case, which contained a Springfield XD-45 semi-automatic firearm loaded with 12 rounds of 45 caliber ACP ammunition. GOFORTH was then placed under arrest. Further investigation revealed the gun had been reported stolen in Vermont.
Trooper Hutchings assisted Trooper Reed during the motor vehicle stop.
GOFORTH was transported to the State Police-Milton barracks, where he was booked on the following offenses:
- Unlawful possession of a firearm;
- Carrying a loaded firearm;
- Possession of a large capacity weapon or feeding device; and
- Receiving stolen property worth $250 or more.
GOFORTH was additionally issued a citation for impeded operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, and having no inspection sticker.