Quick Response to ShotSpotter Activation Results in B-2 Anti-Crime Unit Firearm Arrest

At about 12:46 AM, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) Anti-Crime Unit, made an onsite firearm arrest of Willie Rutledge, 53, of Dorchester while in the area of Dacia Street and Wayland Street in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers were responding to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of 11 Balfour Street. Officers observed the suspect, later identified as Rutledge, to be the only individual in the immediate vicinity of the incident.

After speaking with the suspect, officers asked what Rutledge had in the bag he was carrying to which he offered them to look. To the shock of Officers, when they looked in the bag Rutledge handed them, a firearm was clearly visible. They then recovered the loaded firearm from Rutledge’s bag and he was taken into custody. The firearm was determined to be a Smith & Wesson SD9 VE 9mm with one round in the chamber and twelve rounds in the magazine. A CJIS query revealed the firearm was reported stolen out of Birmingham, Alabama in July of 2021.

Willie Rutledge was arrested and charged with; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Large Capacity Firearm and Receiving Stolen Property.

Willie Rutledge is expected to be arraigned Roxbury District Court.