Yesterday Morning at approximately 11:20 hours, Boston Police Officers assigned to District E-5 conducted a routine traffic stop in the area of 1850 Washington Street. During the traffic stop, a struggle ensued between the operator of the vehicle, who sources have identified as Theodore ‘Teddy’ Gamble-Williams, 36-Years-Old, of Quincy, and the Officers after they observed a firearm in the operator’s possession. The details have yet to be confirmed, but it is believed that the suspect at some point got out of the vehicle with the firearm.
The struggle ultimately led to a female officer making the decision to discharge her firearm due to the direct threat to her life, as well as the threat imposed by the suspect to her fellow Officers and the general public. The suspect was shot a single time and was immediately transported by Boston EMS, under arrest, to a local area hospital where he received treatment for non life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Superintendent-in-Chief Greg Long, who is currently the acting Commissioner of the Department, also reported that a total of three Officers were hospitalized as a result of the struggle and subsequent incident. The suspect remains in custody while being treated for his injuries. Boston Police have confirmed that Gamble-Williams will face the following charges:
- Three counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
- Possession of a Firearm; subsequent offense
- Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony
- Possession of a Loaded Firearm
- Possession of Ammunition
- Possession of Class B Drugs with Intent to Distribute; subsequent offense
- Resisting Arrest
This is not Gamble-Williams’ first run in with the law, he was arrested in 2017 as part of a sex trafficking sting, and charged with numerous crimes including trafficking cocaine, trafficking a person for sexual servitude, possession with intent to distribute a Class C substance, conspiracy, trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and resisting arrest. At the time of the shooting, Gamble-Williams was also on an electronic ankle monitor, with multiple open cases.
We spoke with numerous witnesses on scene who all described a terrifying scene where the operator of the vehicle violently fought all three police officers, throwing at least two of them to the ground and refusing to comply as they attempted to take him into custody. Additionally, sources within the department that we spoke to who had intimate knowledge of the incident told us that Gamble-Williams is a known, violent gang member who has been on the Boston Police’s radar before.
Although Chief Long did not explicitly state that the shooting was justified, sources we spoke to involved in the investigation all echoed the same sentiment: there was no question that this incident will be cleared as a justified shooting. The violent, brutal, physical assault which landed three Officers hospitalized, as well as the presence of a firearm leaves no question – these officers acted in self defense and for the protection of the community.
Representatives from the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association echoed these feelings, not only stating that the Officers were undeniably justified, but BPPA President Larry Calderone went even further to state, “…If today’s incident tells us anything, it most assuredly speaks to the level of disrespect some in society continue to have for our officers. Thankfully, the individual was taken into custody and our officers were able to gain control of a dangerous situation before he could hurt or harm any members of our community”.
We reached out about to Boston Police, however they were unable to provide further information or comment and referred us to the released statement on their website. If we are able to find any further information we will update accordingly.