At about 5:30 PM on Saturday, August 7, 2021, officers responded to a radio call for a person with a gun at Southampton Street and Ellery Street in South Boston.

A description of the suspect, later identified as Elijah Messier, 30, of Westborough, was broadcast over the radio by 911 dispatchers. While enroute, officers located Messier but he immediately fled on foot.

During the brief foot pursuit, officers observed Messier discard a firearm and quickly placed him under arrest for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Messier was also found to be in possession of a plastic baggie containing a white rock-like substance believed to be crack cocaine. He was additionally charged with Possession of Class B, Drugs. The firearm was determined to be a Smith and Wesson .22 revolver loaded with five (5) rounds.

Elijah Messier is expected to be arraigned in South Boston District Court.