About 12:51am on Monday, November 9, 2020, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an on-site firearm arrest following a traffic stop at 1087 Morton St, Mattapan. Officers were traveling on Morton Street when they observed a motor vehicle drive past them, towards Gallivan Boulevard, at a high rate of speed. The officers made a U-turn, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop at the intersection of Morton Street and Gallivan Boulevard.
The operator of the vehicle initially slowed down, but then immediately accelerated refusing to stop. The vehicle turned onto Pine Ridge Road and then came back out onto Morton Street. The vehicle ultimately came to a stop at 1087 Morton Street. As the officers exited their cruiser, three males exited the motor vehicle and began to flee on foot. The officers gave verbal commands for the males to stop, resulting in two of the males dropping to the ground in front of 1087 Morton Street. The third male, continued to flee on Morton Street towards Druid Street, then back onto Morton Street where he was detained. This individual was FIO’d and later released.
A fourth male, later identified as Devon Ashton, 24, of Worcester, exited the motor vehicle and fled up Morton Street towards Pine Ridge Road, where he was taken into custody. Ashton was placed under arrest by virtue of an active warrant issued out of Worcester County, charging him with Larceny over $250.
Upon further investigation, officers located a black firearm under the passenger seat of the motor vehicle. The firearm, a Taurus G2A was loaded with (1) round in the chamber and (12) rounds in the magazine. Officers placed the operator of the motor vehicle, Anthony Lagrant, 21, of Chelsea, under arrest and charged him with Failure to Stop for Police, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License and Speeding. MA Uniform Citation was also issued.
The front passenger of the vehicle, Taje Vozzella 21, of Lynn, was arrested and charged with Carrying a Firearm without a License, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm without a License, and Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm All three suspects to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.