Quiet South End Neighborhood Left Shaken From BPD Foot Pursuit and Violent Struggle with Armed Criminal

Thursday evening, shortly before 17:30 hours, Boston Police Officers assigned to District D-4 were patrolling their area in the South End when they observed a man inside the O’Day Playground at 75 West Newton Street.

Officers circled back to engage him as part of an ongoing investigation when they observed the man clutching at an object in the waistband of his pants. The suspect then fled the scene, inciting a foot chase between the suspect and the investigating officers. They were able to stop him in the area of Public Alley 716 in Roxbury after a violent struggle that sent multiple units across the city converging on the neighborhood.

The officers were able to recover a .380 caliber Bersa Thunder Handgun in the area of 48 West Springfield Street, which he had discarded underneath a parked motor vehicle when he fled. Thanks to the numerous residents in the area, 911s calls were placed that led investigators not only to the weapon but also to positive identification of the man. The suspect has been identified as Jaheim Clarke, 18, of Lower Roxbury, who according to a source is already a juvenile offenders, is expected to appear in Boston Municipal Court on multiple charges including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.