Boston Police report subduing a man who punched an officer - and reached for a loaded gun - while being arrested around 7 p.m. on Monday at 3 Bakersfield St. in Dorchester.
According to police, officers on special patrol due to an uptick in violence near that location sniffed the smell of burning marijuana while passing three guys hanging out there.
As officers approached the individuals, who were later determined to be trespassing, one of the individuals refused to provide proper identification. During a pat frisk of the individual for safety purposes, officers felt an object consistent with a firearm in the suspect’s front pocket. At that time, the suspect struck the officer with a closed fist and attempted to flee the area. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect before he could make good on his escape. During the struggle, the suspect attempted to access the firearm. Officers were able to gain control of the suspect and place him under arrest. Officers recovered a loaded semi-automatic Kel Tec pistol.
Anthony Rodrigues, 27, of Dorchester, was charged with possession of a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers and assault and battery on a police officer. The two guys with him were charged with trespassing.