Members of the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and Troop D Community Action Team (CAT) and Brockton Police Officers last night arrested a Brockton man on gun and drug charges after he ran from a group of people as Troopers pulled up.
Just before 9:30 p.m., MSP Gang Unit Troopers, along with a member of the Troop D CAT who was working with them, cleared from a call where they had assisted Brockton Police in investigating a Shot Spotter notification of shots fired in the area of Grafton Street. After leaving that call, Troopers pulled up in front of an apartment complex at 47 Highland St., a location known to them as the site of frequent crimes involving violence, firearms, and drugs.
Troopers observed a gathering of people in front of the apartment complex. One of the group, upon seeing the Troopers, immediately grabbed his waistband, turned away from the Troopers, and began to sprint away.
While he ran, the suspect, later identified as SHAMALLAH JONES, 23, of Brockton, held his right arm pinned against his waistband while his left arm was swinging naturally. Based on their training and experience, the Troopers recognized that action as consistent with how suspects who are carrying a firearm in their waistbands prevent the weapon from falling out as they run.
Two of the Troopers chased JONES on foot as he ran behind 47 Highland St., through a yard on Green Street, to Glenwood Street, back to Highland, and then to Newbury Street. Pursuing Troopers lost sight of the suspect on Newbury Street.
Other State Troopers and Brockton officers, including a Brockton Police K9 unit that began a track of the suspect, converged on the area to assist. Along the route of the dog’s track, on the front lawn of a Green Street residence, a Trooper a semi-automatic pistol, loaded and with its hammer cocked. A Brockton Officer subsequently located a knotted plastic twist containing a white powder substance, consistent with cocaine, discarded near a trash barrel at 73 Highland St. Troopers and Officers focused their search on that area. A member of the Brockton Police Gang Unit then found JONES tucked in an alley behind 75 Highland St., at the corner of Newbury Street. JONES was hiding behind a snow blower, under a tarp, and was taken into custody.
The recovered firearm was determined to be a .45 caliber semi-automatic Rock Island Armory 1911 model, with a round in the chamber and eight more in the magazine. Troopers and Officers determined that JONES has no license to carry a firearm and has a prior firearm conviction in Suffolk County, for which he is currently on probation. The gun, ammunition, and the twist of cocaine, which totaled approximately 4 grams, were secured as evidence.
JONES was transported to the Brockton Police Station, where he was booked on the following charges:
- Carrying a Loaded Firearm Without a License;
- Carrying a Firearm Without a License, Second Offense;
- Possession of a Class B Substance (cocaine);
- Trespassing; and
- Resisting Arrest.
A second suspect, a male who was standing with JONES outside 47 Highland Ave. when the Troopers pulled up, and who pushed a Trooper who was detaining him for investigation, will be summonsed to court for assault and battery on a police officer.
Please credit photo to Massachusetts State Police.