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Man who shot two state troopers in 1988 arrested on gun charges in Dorchester

Boston Police report a traffic stop at Columbia Road and Washington Street in Dorchester yesterday ended with the arrest of two men - one of whom served a lengthy prison sentence for shooting two state troopers on Blue Hill Avenue.

Police say drug-control officers monitoring the area shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday spotted a car go through a red light at that intersection:

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, and while the motor vehicle initially stopped, the operator fled into a parking lot in the area. Officers observed the male passenger suddenly exit the vehicle and flee on foot while clutching an apparent object in his waistband.

Following a brief pursuit, officers were able to apprehend the male suspect and recover a black Sar-Arms semi-automatic 9mm firearm loaded with 24 live rounds of ammunition. A second magazine containing 9 rounds of live ammunition was recovered at the scene as well. During the apprehension of the male passenger, the operator of the motor vehicle had also fled the area, but was located and placed under arrest.

Alonzo Dedrick, 55, of Dorchester, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a high-capacity feeding device, unlawful possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of Class B drugs with intent to distribute and resisting arrest. He was also charged with being an armed career criminal, which could mean longer sentences on the other charges if he is convicted. Frank Cinelli, 46, was charged with speeding and failing to stop for a police officer.

In 1988, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Dedrick of shooting two state troopers conducting a drug investigation on Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester.

Dedrick was supposed to meet one undercover trooper on Blue Hill Avenue, possibly to sell him cocaine, but slid into the car of another undercover trooper monitoring the first. He began punching her in the face and managed to wrest her gun away, according to a Massachusetts Appeals Court decision that summarizes the case - and which rejected his request for a new trial.

Dedrick ran away, with the gun, and when she followed and tackled him, shot her twice in the legs. The first trooper also chased him and Dedrick shot him as well - with one bullet lodging two inches from heart - but he still kept pursuing him and, with the help of four other troopers also involved in the investigation, subdued him.

Following his conviction on five counts related to the shootings, a judge sentenced Dedrick to 33 to 50 years in state prison - but with the possibility of parole after 22 years.

Innocent, etc.

Free tagging: 


This guy can't be reformed. Can"t hold a job, doesn"t want to do the right thing, keep him locked up.

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Yes, for his crimes he belongs in jail, no argument there.

But “he can’t be reformed”...what does that mean? Have u been to prison? Do u have first hand experience with these institutions that are supposed to “reform” convicts? Because, while they claim to be built to reform/rehabilitate inmates in preparation for release back to society...that is hardly the case. The efforts and money spent (some of which is OUR tax $) hardly give convicts a chance. What programs are universally available at these prisons? How do these facilities REALLY try to make ppl better, thusly making society better? They don’t, plain and simple. And when they’re released, they can’t get jobs or housing....basically they’re sent back onto the streets and into our communities without a fighting chance. What do they expect except for these people to eventually turn back to their life of crime and landing then back in prison?! So again, while this guy should face his punishment let’s not make it seem like everyone who breaks the law and goes to prison is given the same opportunities to right their wrongs and change they’re lives for the better.

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He's 55 not 15. He even breaks the mode as far as older men, impulse control and violence.

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Okay anon....if u had trouble reading what I said, I agree this man should be locked up for his crimes. No argument there.

But you brought up him not being able to be reformed....and my point was how can anyone expect convicts to be reformed when the “prison reform system” is not setup to reform anyone. It’s setup so offenders will repeat their criminal patterns and return to prison. It’s a big business put in place solely for that purpose, business. Look up the numbers, successful rehab and release with zero future felonies vs repeat/returning offenders.

Point being, look up facts before placing 100% blame on/labeling the offender as unable to be reformed.

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Cool.. but this guy tries to kill cops and is packing heavy fire power in a neighborhood struggling with firearm and gang violence. So lock HIM up forever, because HE can’t be reformed.

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Great job. Thank you for pulling these people off the street.

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unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a high-capacity feeding device (which is illegal in Massachusetts anyhow), unlawful possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of Class B drugs with intent to distribute and resisting arrest. Aaaaand - being an armed career criminal because he previously tried to KILL two police officers.

Someone, please explain to me how this sack of s&%t is cruising around Boston with his scumbag buddy (at 2:00 pm) and not rotting in jail.

Our courts (and parole boards) have failed us. Next time I hear someone saying we need tougher gun laws in this state, I will direct them back to this article. We don't need tougher gun laws here, we need tougher "keep gun-toting, criminal, drug-dealing, dirtbags behind bars laws".

the powers that be don't want you (law-abiding citizen) to be able to legally carry a firearm for protection in Boston, but they also don't want to keep people behind bars when they display (time and time again) a willingness to commit violent felonies WITH GUNS.

Crazy days. Be safe out there friends - head on a swivel. Great job BPD.

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He completed his full sentence in 2015. They usually let you out when you've completed your sentence.

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"a judge sentenced Dedrick to 33 to 50 years in state prison - but with the possibility of parole after 22 years"

Meaning a parole board thought it was a good idea to release this dirtbag onto the streets of Boston before his recommended sentnece. That is the problem, which was my entire point.

You evidently don't see an issue with the potential of getting robbed (or killed) by this attempted murderer and his loser friend (while they are driving around mid-day toting a high capacity illegal firearm). I do however, and I'll bet the enlighted parole board members who decided to release this waste of space back onto our streets don't even live in Boston.

bottom line, if you SHOOT TWO POLICE OFFICERS, you should get the maximum 50 years, no parole. period.

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Should be a life sentence. Hopefully he is put away for a long time if convicted of these charges.

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