Outdoor Altercation Results in Firearm Recovery

Last night around 6:54PM, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) arrested suspect, Nathaniel Rivers, 22, of Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm-Subsequent Offense, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way, Possession of a Firearm with an Altered/Serial Number, Armed Career Criminal, Resisting Arrest, Threats, and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.

Officers were initially dispatched to a radio call for a person with a knife at the intersection of Maple and Sonoma Streets. En route, officers were advised that this was a fight between two males with one possibly armed based on his action of running while holding his waistband. Officers were given description of the two males who were involved in the fight and found one of the two individuals at the intersection of Elm Hill Ave. and Sonoma Street. Based on conversation with that individual, officers ascertained that there indeed had been a fight but confirmed that this individual was not armed with a gun. Officers continued their search for the other individual and near the intersection of Maple and Sonoma Streets, they observed an individual matching the suspect description.  This individual was sweating profusely and attempted to mislead officers saying that he just came out of his house despite the fact that other officers had seen him walking up the street.  This individual despite matching the exact description of the suspect lied to officers about having been involved in a fight.

Officers approached the suspect and attempted to conduct a pat frisk when he shoved officers and started running. Officers pursued the suspect through several streets, through several alleys and between numerous buildings before they were able again to confront the suspect. It should be noted that the suspect all the while he was running was observed holding his waistband. The suspect, once confronted, lowered his shoulder and attempted to run over an officer striking him with his shoulder. The suspect was brought o the ground and continued to reach for his waistband until he was placed in handcuffs. Once, the suspect was placed in handcuffs, officers removed a loaded handgun from the suspect’s waist.

The suspect, once in custody, exclaimed to officers, “That’s all right! This case is beat! I will be out in no time and I’m on parole!” In addition to making those statements, the suspect made sounds consistent with a gun being fired while looking at officers.