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Officers came under fire during Roxbury investigation, police say; three arrested

Boston Police report arresting two local men and one from Brockton on charges they began firing away in the area of St. James Street Saturday evening - near where a cluster of BPD officers were interviewing somebody in connection with another incident.

Police say officers on patrol around 7:30 p.m spotted a car outside 30 St. James St. that had been reported involved in a road-rage incident on Tremont Street near Herald Street in the South End in which the driver allegedly flashed a gun. They found the driver behind 24 St. James St., with some other men, and went to talk to him, police say. The man, police say, began to argue and other people joined in and the officers radioed for backup.

With back-up officers on scene, officers, while working hard to establish the peace, heard the sound of gunshots in the immediate area. After taking cover and quickly making certain that no one had been injured, officers established a perimeter and began searching for suspects and ballistic evidence. Officers soon located 5 rounds of ballistic evidence in the rear of 22 Akron Street and ballistic damage to a 2nd floor window in the rear of 24 St. James Street. Additionally, a discarded firearm, described as a Bersa .40 caliber pistol, was located and recovered between two vehicles in a vacant lot at the intersection of Akron Street and Regent Street.

Following an investigation, police say they arrested Kevin Graham, 18 and James Morale, 22, of Boston and Shaquille Watford, 25, formerly of Dorchester, now of Brockton on charges of assault by means of a dangerous weapon - a firearm - discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.

Innocent, etc.

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