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Posted Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Boston police chase Somerville man, charge with gun possession


Courtesy photo

Girold GrandPierre's booking photo.

On Wednesday night, multiple officers engaged in a pursuit of suspects believed to be responsible for a ‘shots fired’ incident in the area of Tremont Street and Melnea Cass involving a Somerville resident, according to Boston Police Department reports.

At approximately 11 p.m., the sound of two gunshots came from the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard near Brook Marshall Road, according to the Boston Police Department. Immediately after the shots, an individual wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans was observed running towards Brook Marshall Way.

The suspect was then seen adjusting himself in the rear seat of a black Honda Accord, which was parked in front of 3 Brook Marshall Way. The Honda fled the area with an officer in pursuit and traveling through the following streets: Brook Marshall Road, to Ruggles Street, to Dewitt Drive, to Madison Park Court, to Shawmut Avenue, to Malcolm X Boulevard, to Tremont Street, to Prentiss Street, to Albert Street.

The Honda came to a stop on Albert Street and the occupants of the vehicle fled on foot, according to the Boston Police Department. Responding officers gave chase to multiple suspects and after a brief foot pursuit, Demetrius Aaron, 18, of Dorchester was apprehended by two officers and subsequently placed under arrest. Aaron was charged with Disorderly Person.

Another individual that fled from the vehicle and refused to stop for police was the driver, Girold GrandPierre, 25, of Somerville, according to the Boston Police Department. GrandPierre was observed holding his waist area consistent with a person concealing a firearm. As suspect GrandPierre approached a dumpster, he pulled his hands away from his waist area and went towards the dumpster, according to police reports.

The officer notified operations that there may be a firearm in the dumpster and continued to maintain a visual on both the dumpster and suspect GrandPierre, who subsequently ran toward Annunciation Road.

Additional officers arrived to search the dumpster. Crime scene officers processed the scene and recovered a loaded 22. Caliber firearm, and a loaded 38. Caliber snub nose firearm, according to the Boston Police Department.

GrandPierre was found hiding on a nearby roof. He was charged with two counts assault by means of dangerous weapon (firearm), two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, two counts of unlawful possession and refusal to submit to a police officer.

“I would like to commend the teamwork and resolve demonstrated by the officers involved in this arrest,” said Police Commissioner Edward Davis. “Their swift response and methodical approach successfully resulted in the apprehension of a dangerous individual and the recovery of two loaded firearms.”

Copyright © 2006-2011 GateHouse Media, Inc.  Published by The Somerville News on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

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