At about 2:13 pm, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a man with a gun threatening people in the area of 134 Northampton Street. On arrival, officers observed an individual fitting the description of the suspect. When officers approached the suspect in an effort to speak with him, the suspect, refusing to acknowledge them, took off running down Massachusetts Ave towards Chester Park. During the foot pursuit, the suspect produced a firearm and began firing rounds in the direction of the responding officers. In fear for their lives, as well as the safety and well-being of community members in the immediate area, officers returned gunfire. Undeterred, the suspect continued firing his weapon until his weapon reached the lock-back position, which occurs when a firearm is completely out of ammunition. After a violent struggle, one in which the suspect continued fighting with the officers, the suspect was placed in custody. No injuries were reported at the scene. Several of the responding officers, however, were transported to an area hospital for evaluation purposes.
The suspect, Tyler Brown, 42, of Boston, was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of Residence/Dwelling, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm and Feeding Device.
As the investigation continued, Tyler Brown was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury for: Armed Assault to Murder, Attempted Assault and Battery by Means of Discharging a Firearm, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Possession of a Firearm Subsequent Offense, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device. The evidence presented was overwhelming and clear against Brown.
We are thankful our officers and detective didn’t suffer serious injuries after being shot at by this suspect. We are also grateful for the courage and professionalism exhibited by these officers and detective. We would also like to acknowledge the Boston Police Officers who responded after the shooting and investigators assigned to the D-4 Detectives, and the Boston Police Firearms Discharge Investigation Team who prepared and presented a solid case to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. We sincerely thank A.D.A. William Kettlewell, who was assigned this case and handled it professionally. However, yesterday the case was resolved by way of a plea before a Suffolk Superior Court Judge who sentenced Tyler Brown to 5 years in state prison. The Boston Police Department is extremely disappointed in this sentence. This sentence does not reflect the magnitude and seriousness of the offense committed by this individual. Acts of violence such as this in our city streets require and demand adequate accountability.
In closing, and most importantly, the Department wants to acknowledge the trauma inflicted upon the Officers and their families. Our support for them has never wavered.