While arriving on scene, officers observed a male suspect, later identified as Clifford Jones, 43, of Randolph, walking in the area of 287 Centre Street with the handle of a firearm visibly protruding from his left pants pocket. Upon seeing the officers, the suspect immediately discarded a firearm, which was later recovered, and took off running through the housing development. While in pursuit of the suspect, an individual, later identified as Tyron Blair-Battiste, 37, of Jamaica Plain, intentionally attempted to trip the officer. He was later placed in custody for his actions. When one of the officers was finally able to catch up with the Clifford Jones, a violent struggle ensued. While struggling on the ground, the suspect attempted to pass a second handgun to a female who was standing nearby. The officer was able to maintain control of the suspect until such time that additional officers arrived on scene and the suspect was placed in custody. Officers then recovered a third firearm from the suspect’s right pants pocket.
Simultaneously, another officer responding to the foot pursuit observed a different suspect, later identified as Rushon Hemingway, 23, of Springfield, walking away from the scene while attempting to conceal a firearm in the waistband area of his pants. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect took off running with the officer now in pursuit. The suspect was placed in custody in the area of 279 Centre Street at which time officers safely recovered a loaded handgun which had been discarded by the suspect as he fled.
As additional responding units attempted to secure the crime scene, they were confronted by an irate male party, later identified as Uhmari Bufford, 25, of Jamaica Plain, in the area of Centre Street and Lamartine Street where officers were diverting traffic. The suspect stopped and exited a motor vehicle he was operating and began to yell at officers on scene, challenging them to fight him while demanding access to the crime scene. The suspect continued to berate the officers and began to remove outer layers of clothing while continuing to state his desire to fight the officers. After repeated verbal commands to leave the area, the suspect was placed in custody.
It's the latest in a string of shootings in or near the Mildred Hailey Apartments, including: