Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man on gun charges yesterday afternoon on a struggle they say sent one officer to the hospital.
Police report officers had pulled a car over at 503 Washington St. for an expired license plate around 5:30 p.m. yesterday. After learning the driver's license had also expired, they ordered him and his passenger out of the rental car. The driver went peacefully, police say, but:
[T]he passenger, identified as 26-year-old Darnell R. Pierre of Dorchester, began moving his hands toward an object in his waistband. An officer attempted to frisk Pierre for officer safety, but when the officer felt a hard metal object in his waistband, Pierre used one hand to push the officers hand away and reached for the object with his other hand. A violent struggle ensued, during which the officer held onto the barrel of a firearm as Pierre attempted to pull the firearm out. Officers were eventually able to subdue Pierre and place him in handcuffs, only after one of the officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the arrest. Officers recovered the loaded Taurus Millennium G2 .40 caliber handgun from inside Pierre’s pants.
The gun, police say, had been stolen in Newnan, GA, on June 16.
Pierre was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. The driver, Tyrone C. Hicks, 41, of Dorchester, was charged with use of a motor vehicle without authority, driving without a license and operating an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle.