Officers Arrest One Suspect After Recovering a Loaded Firearm in Dorchester

At about 10:22 PM, on Thursday, March 9, 2023, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, made an onsite firearm arrest of Rasheed Avinger, 29, of Dorchester, while in the area of 6 Whitfield Street.

While on patrol in the area, officers observed a male, later identified as Avinger, walking on Withington Street flailing his arms and pointing what looked like a firearm. As officers stopped to assess the situation, Avinger ducked in and out of alley ways and quickly fled on foot from officers. He was apprehended on Whitfield Street and officers recovered a loaded firearm from the alley way where Avinger was observed ducking down.

The firearm was determined to be a Smith and Wesson M&P Shield 9mm with six rounds in the magazine.

Rasheed Avinger was arrested and charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Carrying a Loaded Firearm on a Public Way. He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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