Somerville Police Gun Arrest

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #13043137:

At approximately 6:49 P.M. I was dispatched to Gilman Street for a reported groups call. The reporting party, , called the police and stated three males went running through her backyard towards the railroad tracks. RP stated that one of the males was suspect . Marked unit East-4, Officer Van Nostrand and Sector-East, Officer Capasso, were sent as my backup. I would like to add that I know this address to be the home of involved party . RP is involved party mother and they reside in the same apartment. involved party was involved in prior incidents with witness , involved party2, and suspect in the past. It is believed that involved party2 and suspect both have an issue with involved party and have robbed him with a firearm in the past. I have personally responded to calls to the residence and have found victim to have many altercations with involved party2 and suspect . While speaking to rp she stated that she received a phone call from involved party victim. While on the phone with victim , he stated that four kids had surrounded his car and for rp to come outside to make sure the kids have left the area. victim had his vehicle parked outside Gilman Street until it was surrounded by the four males, two of the males being Cody Domings and suspect. rp stated all she heard victim say was that suspect had a gun. As rp went outside she saw suspect run in the back of her yard along with two or three other males. One of the other males being Cody Domings. rp was not sure if the males went onto the train tracks or if they went to Mr. Doming’s home which is only two houses away.

At this point, Officer Capasso and I were asked to check rp backyard for the males. As we entered the backyard we did not find any of the males. However, we did find that a piece of broken fence leading to the train tracks that run in back of rp home. As Officer Capasso and I looked down the tracks, we could see three to four males running from the area of Gilman Street towards Washington Street. I radioed that I could see males running on the tracks and that one of the males may be in possession of a firearm. I would like to note that these tracks are private property of the MBTA and have no trespassing signs posted throughout the tracks. While units responded to the area of the tracks, I called and spoke with victim to find out exactly what had occurred in front of Gilman Street.

While speaking to victim , he stated that he had parked directly across the street from Gilman Street as he had plans to have dinner with his girlfriend, his witness2 , and new girlfriend. . victim was seated in the driver’s side of the vehicle with his girlfriend on the passenger side, and son in the rear of the vehicle, waiting for suspect to arrive. As witness arrived, she sat in the rear of the vehicle next to wintess2 and victim had introduced himself as this was the first time meeting his son’s girlfriend. As the four were ready to leave the parking spot, victim saw suspect in front of his car yelling for his sister to get out of the vehicle. v , who knows suspect , asked him what the issue was. suspect yelled at v that he could leave to go to dinner once his sister left the car. At this time, three other males, one of whom was identified as Mr. Cody Domings surrounded the vehicle and started to kick and punch the car causing damage all around. According to v, Cody Domings, took off his shirt and screamed, “Let’s go.” This was an attempt to join suspect in trying to get wintess2 out of the car. v looked over at suspect who now had his hand inside his left jacket pocket pointing what he believed to be a gun into the vehicle. v was positive that suspect was holding a firearm as he saw the butt-end of the gun coming out of his left hand. suspect looked over at Mr. Domings and stated, “Let’s just end them now.” He then pointed the gun at v. v stated he was in fear of his life and the lives of his passengers at this time. While all four males continued kicking the car, suspect walked over to the passenger side of the vehicle with his hand still holding the gun and v saw an opportunity to flee and pressed the accelerator and quickly left the parking spot. v took a right hand turn onto Walnut Street followed by another right turn onto Pearl Street. While travelling, suspect stated she could see all four males running down Jasper Street going towards Pearl Street in an attempt to cut v off. As he was quickly passing Jasper Street, suspect ran at the car striking it once again on the passenger side. This was when v called witness to check outside for the four males.

I explained the finding of my conversation to the other units as a perimeter was set up around the area of the train tracks from Cross Street to Washington Street. Numerous officers set up the perimeter as Officer Ward set up near the Washington Street end of the tracks. Officer Ward knows this to be an area where people had been able to hop the fence and get onto the tracks. This entire area in not open to the general public and is an area where only MBTA personal should have access to. While looking down at the tracks, Officer Ward stated he could see three males approaching him. While they were in an area of overgrown, thick, bushes the three males waited a few seconds and continued down the tracks toward Officer Ward’s location. This area is an area that is unattainable to most people and that a reasonable person would not be in this area. Officer Ward stated the three males could not see him while standing at the overgrown, thick, bushes. The males were only twenty feet away from Officer Ward’s location. Officer Ward was not certain but believed this to be an ample place for a suspect to discard a weapon or drugs if they wanted due to the overgrowth and openness of that particular spot. As they came closer to him, Officer Ward shined his flashlight, pronounced himself as a police officer and asked the three males to stop. As he did this, he was able to detain one of the males, later identified as Mr. James Flint. The other two males ran in the opposite direction towards Cross Street where officers have been posted.

While at his post, Officer Van Nostrand stated he could hear several of the males running around his location talking. As they saw Officer Van Nostrand, he was able to see two males. The two males quickly ran across the tracks to the Alston Street side and hopped multiple fences and ended up on Alston Street. A radio transmission of the males locations were being announced as they were now running down Alston Street towards McGrath Highway. As I was running down Alston Street, Officer Capasso, Legros, St. Hilaire, and a detail officer were in a foot pursuit right behind one male. This male, later identified as Mr. Keith Francey, refused to stop for the police after being asked multiple times. Mr. Francey ran down Alston Street, took a right onto McGrath Highway, right onto Cross Street and was eventually caught on the corner of Alston Street and Cross Street. While attempting to be placed in custody, Mr. Francey fell to the ground in a manner to try and evade being handcuffed. While on the ground, Mr. Francey refused to be handcuffed, flailing his arms under his body and moving his legs. After several attempts, I issued Mr. Francey a one second burst of my departmental pepper spray in an attempt to control Mr. Francey and place him under arrest. I would note that this area is both a residential and business area and there now were multiple families outside of their homes and vehicular traffic stopped on McGrath Highway because of Mr. Francey’s actions. After being placed under arrest, Mr. Francey stated he had several pills inside of his pocket. Officer Perrone, driving the mobile detention unit, took out a clear plastic bag containing 7 whole and one half of a yellow round pill believed to be Clonazepam. Also inside of the clear bag is half of a blue round pill which can not be determined. While speaking with Mr. Francey he stated that he was with suspect and Mr. Domings but did not know their whereabouts at the moment and that everyone ran in separate directions.

At this time, I went to Gilman Street, the Domings residence, as marked unit West-5, Officer W. Collette, was on scene there with the Domings family. While speaking to involved party, he stated that nobody else was inside of the house. He stated as Officer Collette arrived, everyone who was inside the home exited and have been outside ever since. As I looked at the house, I saw someone on the second floor open the blinds quickly and look outside. I shined my flashlight on the window and the person quickly walked away from the area. I asked who else was inside the home. The replied by saying nobody was inside the house. I informed them that I believed to have seen a person open the blinds and shut them. involved party stated that it must have been the dog. At this time, involved party mother went into the home. I explained to her if Cody was inside the home to have him come out. After approximately ten minutes Cody Domings came out of the house. Officer Van Nostrand, who was now on scene, looked at Cody Domings and explained to me that he matched the description of one of the males he saw running away from him on the tracks. Mr. Domings was placed under arrest at this time.

While at the Domings residence, Officer Capasso and Ward were now on the tracks with Everett Police Officer Chris Hannon with K9 “Hart.” K9 Hart is a certified ATF bomb and gun dog. Officer Ward explained to Officer Hannon where he saw the three males standing around and that it was not an area where a reasonable person would be none the less congregate for several seconds. Officer Hannon started a search with K9 Hart and immediately hit on the area of overgrown, thick, bushes where Officer Ward had seen the males. Officer Hannon looked in the area where K9 Hart hit on and found a .22 caliber firearm. The firearm was loaded with one bullet in the chamber. While trying to find the serial number of the firearm, it was found that the serial number had been obliterated and defaced. The firearm was properly stored and will be further examined by detectives for fingerprints and possibly DNA. Post arrest, a search for firearm licenses was completed for all four males and found that none of them currently had a license to carry a firearm or FID card.

The three males were transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via marked unit 200,


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