ShotSpotter Activation Results in Recovery of Firearm and Arrest of Suspect

Around 10:59PM last night, Sunday, February 27, 2011, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to the area of 405 Washington Street due to a ShotSpotter activation indicating gunshots.

On arrival and within minute s of the ShotSpotter activation, officers observed three individuals walking away from the area of the activation.  As officers approached the group, one individual broke away from the group and crossed to the other side of the street. Officers then broke off with one stopping the individual that broke off from the group and the other stopping the other two members of the group.  Officers spoke to the members of the group and the individual that had broken away told officers that it was fireworks when he was asked if he had heard any gunshots. Officers then asked the male where the fireworks were coming from and he pointed down the street towards Dakota Street.  Officers then asked this male if they could perform a pat frisk of him due to the fact that he was walking from the same area that the shots had been detected by ShotSpotter shortly after the detection.  

As officers approached the male suspect to conduct a pat frisk, the suspect stated to officers, “To be honest, I have a gun on me!” The officers quickly secured the suspect, and pat frisked him and recovered a loaded semi-automatic from his pocket.

The suspect, Devon Fletcher, 22 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.