By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / April 4, 2010
A teenager was shot to death in Dorchester last night after exchanging gunfire with police who were investigating gang activity.
Members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were near 11 Navillus Terrace investigating a recent spate of gun violence in the area, said Boston Police Superintendent Daniel Linskey. Several people have been shot and injured or killed on Dorchester streets in the past week.
Officers approached a man at about 9:30 p.m., and he drew a firearm and began shooting at officers, Linskey said. “The officers returned fire,” Linskey said at a press briefing last night.
The suspect’s name was not released. Linskey said he was 18 or 19 years old and was “involved with individuals involved with gang violence.”
The suspect died at the scene, Linskey said, but his body was still there late last night. Police are investigating whether the man was shot by police or by own weapon, Linskey said. He would not say how many officers fired or how many shots were fired.
Several bystanders near the press conference wailed “my son” and “my brother.”
Eddy Chrispin, a Boston Police spokesman, said no officers were struck.
The Suffolk District Attorney’s office is investigating.