Two Gun Arrests by Troopers Working out of the Milton Barracks in Less than Ten Hours
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Sunday March 21, Trooper Joseph Connor, assigned to the evening shift, received radio notification that Boston PD had a ShotSpotter activation in the area of River Street. Trooper Connor responded to the area and, while en route, Boston PD updated the location to River Street and Tesla Street. As he reached the intersection of the two streets he observed a man running across Tesla Street directly in front of his cruiser. The man made eye contact with Trooper Connor then continued to run clutching his front waistband with his left hand. Trooper Connor pursued the man, later identified as RASHONN WILSON, 31, of Randolph, ordering him to stop and show his hands.
WILSON refused orders and continued running. After pursuing him for approximately 100 yards he stopped and surrendered. Trooper Connor secured WILSON in handcuffs and immediately located a 9mm Beretta pistol with an extended magazine loaded with 15 rounds of ammunition in his waistband area. WILSON was passed over to the custody of Boston PD where he was booked.
Approximately ten hours later Trooper Thomas Shruhan, assigned to the midnight shift, was traveling on the American Legion Highway in Mattapan when he observed a white Nissan sedan pass his location and accelerate. Trooper Shruhan was able to conduct an electronic inquiry of the vehicle’s license plate and discovered the registration was cancelled. He proceeded to catch up to the vehicle and stopped it on Talbot Ave at Bernard Street.
Trooper Shruhan informed the operator why he was stopped and gathered his information. It was discovered on scene that he was operating his vehicle out of the restrictions of his learner’s permit, in addition to the vehicle not being registered. Boston PD arrived on scene to assist at which point the operator and the passenger, identified as BOOZ ALEXIS, 19, of Boston, were removed from the vehicle prior to it being towed from the scene. Troopers observed a Smith & Wesson Shield with seven 9mm rounds in the magazine. It was also discovered that the serial number had been tampered with, however, Troopers were able to distinguish the characters and learn that it was reported stolen in Georgia. ALEXIS does not possess a license to carry firearms.
The operator of the vehicle was released from the scene with a criminal summons to appear at Dorchester District Court for Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Failure to Wear a Seatbelt. ALEXIS was placed under arrest and transported to the Milton Barracks for Booking. He was scheduled for arraignment at Dorchester District Court on the following charges:
1. Possession of a Firearm;
2. Possession of Ammunition without FID Card;
3. Receiving Firearm with Defaced Serial Number;
4. Improper Storage of a Firearm;
5. Receiving Stolen Property; and
6. Possession of a Firearm without FID Card.