Boston Police report arresting a Springfield man after he began "actively shooting at a person," but without success, at Gladeside Avenue and Cragmere Terrace in Mattapan shortly before 4 p.m. today.
On arrival, officers observed an individual, matching the description of the suspect, running from Cragmere Terrace toward 76 Gladeside Avenue. Upon seeing officers, the male ran into the rear of the address on Gladeside Ave. Officers pursued the male into the backyard of the residence where they observed the suspect throw a gray metallic object over the rear fence. Officers instructed the suspect to lay on the ground, to which he initially refused. Eventually the suspect complied and was placed in handcuffs. Officers searched the area and located a gray and black firearm behind the rear fence at 76 Gladeside Avenue. A search of the area yielded the recovery of ballistic evidence in front of 15 Cragmere Terrace. A motor vehicle in the area also had ballistic damage.
Deandre Ballard, 25, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and trespassing, police say.
Ballard was also charged as an armed career criminal, which could mean a longer sentence if he is convicted on the other charges. He and four other men were charged with robbing a Springfield Dunkin' Donuts at gunpoint in 2014; in 2016, he was sentenced to 3 1/2 to 5 years in state prison.