One less gun on the streets of South Boston
The Boston police Drug Control Unit arrested a teenager from South Boston on Wednesday, May 14th on B Street. According to BPDnews.com, officers were alerted to a black male wearing all black while conducting an ongoing drug investigation in the area of Joyce Hayes Way and Flaherty Way. A foot chase ensued and while the suspect jumped over a cement wall trying to escape a gun accidentally fell and discharged.
According to police reports, “The suspect continued his escape to the area of 71 B. St. As officers entered the building, they were directed to one of the apartments. Officers knocked on the door and the suspect’s mother answered after approximately 10 minutes. As officers spoke with the suspect, he stated that he had been running from officers and that when he jumped over the wall, the gun went off.” Officers then placed the suspect under arrest. After canvasing the neighborhood, the police found the loaded firearm. The apartment was frozen pending a search warrant.
Later that night, at approximately 1:30am, officers returned to the apartment and executed a search warrant of the residence. Boston police were able to locate a black hi-point assault rifle (yikes), an extended ammunition clip as well as narcotics.
Officers promptly arrested Lovant Wheeler, 18, of South Boston. Wheeler will be arranged in South Boston District Court and faces an armful of charges including: unlawful possession of a firearm, firearm discharged within 500 ft. of a dwelling, unlawful possession of ammunition. As a result of the search warrant, Wheeler faces additional charges of possession of class D drugs with intent to distribute, possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity deeding device, improperly storing a large capacity firearm and receiving stolen property over $250. Phew.
Way to go, BPD!