On Sunday, May 23, 2010 at approximately 4:10 a.m. Officers Shorter, Jones-Henderson, and Williams-Mitchell responded to a radio call for a breaking and entering in progress on Rossmore Road, Jamaica Plain. Upon arrival Officer Shorter was flagged down by witnesses who informed him that the suspect after damaging the front door walked towards Forest Hill Street ducking in and out of backyards along the way. Officer Shorter then obtained additional information that this suspect was observed by witnesses reaching for his waist area, and may possibly be in possession of a firearm, and was seen entering a silver motor vehicle.
Officer Shorter broadcasted a description of the suspect, the vehicle and the fact that he was possibly armed with a firearm. While searching the area of Rossmore Road, Officers Jones-Henderson and Williams-Mitchell observed a silver motor vehicle and conducted a felony motor vehicle stop at Rossmore Road and Steadman St.
Witnesses positively identified the passenger of the motor vehicle stop as the suspect in the B&E on Rossmore Road.
Both the passenger and driver were placed under arrest for breaking and entering a residence in the night-time (joint venture). Meanwhile officers along with a ballistics K-9 searched the area for a firearm, but to no avail.
Approximately 8:52 a.m. officers from District 13 responded to Rossmore Road for a report of a found firearm. Officers were directed by the caller to a black semi-automatic .40 caliber firearm found in a potted plant in the backyard of this residence. The backyard of this residence was also used as a route of escape by the B&E suspect described above. Based on this information, the B&E suspect was also charged with unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm.
The quick response of these three officers and the cooperation of concerned citizens in the Rossmore Road neighborhood led to the apprehension of two dangerous and armed criminals.
For these reasons, each officer is awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.