Just after 3:00 a.m. today, troopers from the State Police Milton and South Boston barracks’ responded to 911 reports of a man actively firing a gun out of the window of his vehicle on Route 95 as it continued on to Route 93 in Canton.
With a 911 caller providing a location and description of the 2011 Chevrolet Impala, Troopers Matthew Kelley and Ryan Ware were able to locate the vehicle as it approached Exit 9 on Route 93 northbound in Quincy. As both cruisers activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle, the troopers noticed the driver making strange movements. As the vehicle was stopping, Trooper John Dailey arrived to assist.
Once the vehicle stopped, all three troopers approached it and immediately handcuffed the driver and passenger without incident. After a brief conversation with the driver, identified as JOSE PUENTE, 21 of Boston, they determined he was the man in possession of, and discharging, the firearm. Trooper Kelley subsequently placed him under arrest. A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded black .380 caliber pistol, along with additional loose ammunition. PUENTE does not possess a license to carry firearms. The passenger was released from the scene without charges.
PUENTE was transported to the Milton Barracks for booking where bail was set. He will be arraigned Monday morning at Stoughton District Court and was charged with the following:
- Possession of a Firearm;
- Possession of a Large Capacity Weapon;
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm;
- Discharging a Firearm Within 500’ of a Building;
- Carrying a Firearm While Intoxicated;
- Discharging a Firearm Near a Highway; and
- Disturbing the Peace.