Gang Unit Recovers High Capacity Firearm During Traffic Stop

At about 10:09 PM, on Sunday, February 21, 2021, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site firearm arrest in the area of Clifford Street in Roxbury. While on patrol in the area of West Cottage Street and Brook Avenue, officers observed a vehicle fail to stop for a stop sign. After a CJIS query, it was revealed the motor vehicles registration had been expired.

Officers actived their lights and sirens and conducted a traffic stop. After further investigation it was revealed that the driver, later identified as Shakirla Lymon, 29, of Dorchester was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

As officers were speaking with Lymon, they observed what appeared to be the extended magazine of a firearm protruding from under the rear of the driver’s seat. For safety reasons, Officers removed the driver and the passenger, later identified as Antoine Lewis, 31, of Randolph from the motor vehicle and recovered a loaded Masterpiece Arms 9mm High Capacity with one round in the chamber and twenty-four rounds of ammunition in the magazine

Shakirla Lymon was arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition and Operating After Revocation/Suspension. Antoine Lewis was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Both are expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court.

This arrest and recovery is just another terrifying reminder of the fire power that is available to criminals on the street. Now more than ever, Officers often find themselves in situations where criminals posses superior firepower, just adding to the dangers of their job. We hope those at City Hall and the State House remember these things when further looking to tie the hands of the Officers who have sworn to protect the City of Boston.