Boston Police say that officers doing a drug investigation at Joyce Hayes Way and Flaherty Way around 5 p.m. on Wednesday noticed a guy dressed all in black. When he noticed them and started running away, they chased him:
As the suspect jumped over the wall, officers pursuing him heard an object hit the ground and a gunshot went off. The suspect continued his escape to the area of 71 B. St. As officers entered the building, they were directed to one of the apartments. Officers knocked on the door and the suspect’s mother answered after approximately 10 minutes. As officers spoke with the suspect, he stated that he had been running from officers and that when he jumped over the wall, the gun went off. Officers placed the suspect under arrest. A canvas of the area enabled officers to locate and recover a loaded firearm. The apartment was frozen pending a search warrant.
Armed with a search warrant, officers arrived around 1:35 a.m.
Upon making entry, officers were able to locate a black Hi-Point Assault Rifle, an extended ammunition clip as well as narcotics.
Lovant Wheeler, 18, was charged with unlawful possession of firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a large-capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, improperly storing a large capacity firearm, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.