Roxbury shootout sends officers racing into action
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Two people were arrested after a shootout in Roxbury Tuesday afternoon.
Police said just before 3 p.m. two groups of people engaged in a gun battle near the intersection of Warren Street and Waverly Street.
Three officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force pulled up to the intersection where they saw a group of individuals who were about to engage in gunfire with individuals across the street.
Police said the officers jumped out of their vehicles to stop the individuals, but the shooting began anyway.
“The officers got out of their vehicles, identified themselves. Those individuals fired several shots at people to the right -- at Waverly Street here. The officers engaged them, identified who they were. At one point one of the suspects turned and pointed a weapon towards one of the officers. At least one officer discharged a fire arm at the suspects,” said an officer.
“There was a woman screaming in my doorway. I went downstairs to ask her if she was alright and walked to the corner and seen the police chasing someone up Waverly Street,” said Kenny Robert, a witness.
Sky7 HD was overhead as police arrested a suspect just a few blocks away at a body shop.
Police said two suspects were arrested. A 7News viewer sent in a picture of a weapon that was recovered at the scene. Several people were taken in for questioning.
“We know that an officer was threatened by a firearm, but we’re trying to determine if shots were fired,” said Supt. Chief Dan Linskey, Boston Police Department.
Police said there is video of one of the groups firing their weapons. The video also shows the car they drove away in, according to police. They hope by posting it on the Boston Police website someone will come forward and identify them.
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