At about 9:47 PM on Friday March 12, 2021, officers assigned to District B-3 (Mattapan) made an onsite arrest following a traffic stop which was initiated in the area of 329 Washington Street in Dorchester. The officers had stopped a motor vehicle as part of an investigation when they confirmed that the operator, Eugene Parrish, 24, of Dorchester, did not possess a valid driver’s license. Furthermore, as they were speaking with the operator, they observed what appeared to be the outline of a firearm protruding from underneath the sweatshirt of the front seat passenger, later identified as a 16-year-old male from Dorchester. When additional units arrived on scene, officers attempted to remove the operator, at which time he put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated towards the officers who were standing behind the suspect vehicle and a cruiser which was stationary with the emergency lights engaged. The suspect struck the cruiser, causing front end damage, then put his vehicle in drive, accelerating onto the sidewalk at a high rate of speed in an attempt to flee the traffic stop. The suspect vehicle then struck a motor vehicle before coming to a stop after striking a street sign pole in the area of 1 Waterlow Street.
As officers approached, they observed that the passenger was no longer inside the vehicle. When the officers opened the driver’s side door to remove the operator, a violent struggle ensued, with the suspect striking the officers several times as they attempted to place him in custody. The officers were eventually able to place the suspect under arrest while turning their attention to locating the passenger who had apparently fled on foot.
Officers later located the juvenile suspect in the area of 17 School Street and detained him while retracing his path of flight in an attempt to locate any discarded weapons with negative results. The juvenile suspect was released to a guardian after questioning. This portion of the investigation remains ongoing at this time. The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple charges including Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer (4 Counts), Resisting Arrest, Operating a Motor Vehicle After Revocation or Suspension, Driving to Endanger, Negligent Operation and Malicious Destruction of Property.