Gun Toting Suspect Arrested after Early Morning Assault

This morning around 7:15AM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to 555 Columbia Rd. for a man with a gun.

Officers, while en route, were informed that the suspect, described as a teenage male with a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, “had pulled a gun” on a child waiting for the school bus. Officers were then informed that the suspect had fled the scene down Columbia Rd. towards Andrew Square.

Officers immediately made their way toward the scene and as they approached Upham’s Corner they observed a male matching the suspect description near 270 Dudley Street. Officers decided to conduct a threshold inquiry of this suspect who was walking at a fast pace and exited their cruiser to approach the suspect. As officers approached the suspect to speak to him, he dropped a sweatshirt he had in his hands and took off running. Officers pursued the suspect, and were finally able to detain him in an empty lot at the intersection of Dudley and Alexander Streets. There, officers struggled with the suspect who refused to pull his hands from underneath his body. After a vigorous and violent struggle by the suspect, officers were able to place him in handcuffs.

Officers, right after removing the suspect from the ground, located a firearm directly in the spot where the suspect had been struggling with officers, hiding his hand underneath his body. Officers recovered the firearm and noted that it had 6 bullets in the magazine. The suspect, Devante M. Phillips, 17, of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Resisting Arrest.