One Less Gun: At about 10:26 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 16 Mascot Street in Dorchester. While en route, officers were notified by another unit in the area of a dark colored sedan, occupied multiple times, operating in the area where the ShotSpotter activation occurred. Upon seeing the officers, the vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed. Additional officers in the area observed the vehicle traveling on Ashton Street. The officers followed the vehicle, which continued to travel at an accelerated speed, before activating their lights and sirens in an effort to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued away from officers, speeding through the residential neighborhood before skidding to an abrupt stop in front of 14 Ashton Street where the rear passenger immediately exited the vehicle and fled into the backyard of the residence. Officers approached the vehicle and removed the remaining occupants, the operator and the front passenger. Officers set up a perimeter in the area and subsequently located and secured the third male suspect underneath a porch in the area of 42 Lucerne Street.

Inside of the vehicle, officers observed a live round of ammunition on the front passenger floor.

Officers were assisted by a K-9 Unit as they retraced the third male’s path of flight which brought them to the rear of 28 Arbutus Street where they located a Sig Sauer SP2022 .40 caliber firearm loaded with five rounds of live ammunition. All three suspects were taken into custody.

A subsequent inventory of the vehicle yielded the recovery of a second firearm located within a storage compartment in the rear seat center console. The firearm was determined to be a Springfield Armory HD .40 caliber firearm loaded with nine rounds of live ammunition.

Additional units remained at the scene of the initial call and recovered ballistic evidence in the area of 9 Mascot Street. Officers did not observe any victims or ballistic damage to surrounding structures.

Officers arrested the operator, Manndell Curry, 20-years-old, of Dorchester, the front passenger, a 16-year-old male of Dorchester, and the rear passenger, Erik Pettijohn, 19-years-old, of Hyde Park. All three are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of Carrying a Firearm without a License (two counts), Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm (two counts), and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Pettijohn faces an additional charge of Trespassing.