BB gun confiscated at Sweeney Park
According to BPDnews.com, on Tuesday, July 7th at 7pm, Boston police officers responded to a call for a person with a gun at Sweeney Playground at 180 West Fifth Street. The officers found four juvenile males standing in the park. One juvenile appeared to pass another what looked to be a black handgun. The two then began to run but were caught (in Southie) on the other side of the park by another police unit.
According to the police report, “upon seeing the officers, the male with the gun pulled it out from his waistband, paused for a moment then dropped it on the ground. Upon confiscating the firearm, officers observed that the firearm was a BB gun designed to resemble a real Berretta PX4 Storm .40 caliber handgun.”
The kids were identified and released but not before they got a ‘good talking to” about how dangerous that situation could have been. Said Commissioner Bill Evans, “When we talk about the dangers created when a kid picks up a replica firearm, these are the incidents we’re talking about. Thankfully, my officers showed tremendous restraint and – because of that – we were able to turn what could have been a tragedy into a teaching moment.”
So there you have it.