Boston Police report officers managed to subdue a man at Blue Hill Avenue and Seaver Street who, during a struggle, managed to get out his gun and point it at them yesterday evening.
Police say that around 6:40 p.m., officers looking for Michael Peterson, Jr., on information that he was packing a gun found him at the intersection with two pals.
Officers approached Pearson on foot and, as they did so, Pearson clutched his waistband and began backing up. Fearing Pearson was armed, officers attempted to conduct a pat frisk, but Pearson pushed the officers away and attempted to flee. The officers were able to take him to the ground as he continued to reach for an object in his waistband. As the struggle ensued, officers felt a hard object consistent with the shape and size of a firearm in the Pearson’s waist area. Pearson continued to violently resist and fight with officers, refusing commands to put his hands behind his back. During the struggle, Pearson was able to get back onto his feet, retrieve a black firearm from his waist, and point it at the officers. One of the officers grabbed Pearson’s hand in an attempt to gain control of the firearm and gave repeated commands to drop the gun while Pearson violently resisted. The officers were finally able to remove the firearm, a loaded Hi-Point 9mm handgun, from Pearson and take him into custody.
Police say the gun had nine bullets in it.
Peterson was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, police say.