Police Pull Two Suspects from Car in West Roxbury After Gunshots Fired

A K-9 dog named Tacoma detected the presence of a firearm. The following information is provided by the Boston Police, and where charges are mentioned it does not indicate a conviction.

Boston Police had to pull out two suspects from a vehicle at gunpoint in West Roxbury after the duo allegedly were involved in a shooting on Cornell Street in Roslindale.

Around 12:28 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, police arrested Joseph Frank Gonzalez, of 255 Mt. Hope St. #2, North Attleboro, and Justin Sean O'Leary, of 16 Richards Ave. #303, North Attleboro, and charged them with carrying a firearm.

While on patrol an officer heard five to six gun shots from Cornell Street. The officer quickly made a u-turn onto Washington Street to head inbound toward Cornell Street. The officer saw a blue Chevy with two males inside it go through a red light at a high rate of speed, according to a Boston Police report. The officer in a marked cruiser followed the suspects' vehicle while informing dispatch of where the vehicles were headed. The officer said he could see the passenger moving back and forth in the front of the seat.

Once backup units were in the area, the officer activated his sirens and lights at Washington and Freeman streets. The suspects' vehicle continued toward Grove Street, now in West Roxbury. Due to the belief that shots had been fired, the officer pulled his cruiser in front of the suspect's vehicle. At gun point officers extracted the two suspects from the vehicle. 

Officers observed blood on the driver's shirt and baseball cap, and blood was seen on the passenger's sweatshirt and polo shirt. 

A spent firearm shellcasing was found on the passenger bottom doorjam of the motor vehicle, according to a Boston Police report. 

A K-9 unit was requested, and Tacoma, a K-9 dog stuck his head underneath the front passenger seat and then sat, letting police know there was a presence of an explosive odor. Two firearms were found in a white box.

The vehicle was towed to Boston Police Headquarters pending an application for a search warrant.

Officers also found three spent 9-mm firearm shell casings in front of 198 Cornell Street. Police also seized clothing worn by the suspects as evidence. 

One of the suspects was brought to Faulkner Hospital for a head injury.


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