On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at approximately 18:00 hours, a plain clothes Boston Police officer assigned to a specialized unit was nearly shot and killed while in his vehicle conducting an investigation at 43 Waumbeck Street in Roxbury.
According to the officer and other witnesses, the suspect approached the vehicle on foot and began firing multiple rounds. The bullets hit the car but missed the officer inside by a matter of inches. Boston Police Superintendent Felipe Colon stated that the officer was in plain clothing while conducting the investigation, and that his vehicle was unmarked.
The officer quickly called in the incident and bravely got out of his vehicle to pursue the suspect on foot. Officers assigned to District B-2 swiftly arrived to assist. Police discovered multiple shell casings in the area and shut down the entirety of Humboldt Avenue and surrounding area of where the suspect fled.
Later on Sunday night, police placed the suspect in custody at his residence. According to sources close to the investigation, the incident completely captured on camera and led to the swift ID and arrest. Although the officer involved was unharmed, he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation. After the incident, the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association tweeted, “the violence directed at our officers must stop.”
Boston Police have identified the male suspect who faces charges of assault by means of a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling; ALBERTO POLANCO, 20, of Roxbury.
Sources within the Department identified Polanco as a well known and active member of the H-Block gang in Roxbury. This gang is widely considered one of the most hostile and violent gangs in the City and has been a continued target of law enforcement for years.
In addition to this incident, H-Block recently came on the radar of law enforcement after one of their members who goes by the rapper name 8 Zipp released a track called ‘Wankstas’ in which they call for the shooting of Police Officers ending the song with “the best cop is a dead cop” and “they smell better when they dead”.
Sources within federal law enforcement we spoke with echoed Boston Police’s concerns with H-Block’s continued violence and hinted that the gang could face a similar end as other groups like NOB and Cameron Street. Both of those Boston based gangs have been subject to RICO raids and charges over the past few years. Similar to those two organizations, their attempt at joining the rap game also aided thire ultimate downfall.
Police are still investigating this incident and there is no further information at this time. Detectives from District B-2 are actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Any individuals with information can contact District B-2 Detectives at 617-343-4275.
Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.