A chase and a violent struggle ensued on Winter Street Thursday morning as Boston police recovered a loaded gun while patrolling the Boston Common for drug transactions.
Police approached the suspect who was later identified as Rayshawn Mohameed, 18, of Dorchester, seated on a bench close to the the Soldiers and Sailors Monument right after he had made an illegal transaction. While the officer was speaking to him, Mohameed allegedly began running towards Downtown Crossing.
As the officer chased and tackled the suspect who allegedly began to yell “I got a gun!”, another officer from the Transit Police arrived to help.
Police eventually took the suspect in to custody and recovered a loaded .22 caliber Ruger SR22 handgun from his pocket. It was later learned that that the gun was reported stolen in Randolph.
Officers also said they recovered 23 bags of marijuana and $209 in cash. The BPD officer was taken to a hospital for medical attention and was later released.
The suspect will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, assault and battery on a police officer and receiving stolen property.