Detective on detail chases, apprehends shooting suspects

A Boston police detective is being praised for pursuing three shooting suspects in Roxbury in his personal vehicle and arresting them Friday, authorities said.

Detective Rocky Heath’s efforts resulted in the arrest of Rudy Barros, Kevin DiPina, and Kennedy Miranda, all of Boston, and the recovery of a firearm, said Officer James Kenneally.

Heath was working a detail in the area of 400 Dudley St. at about 3:30 p.m. when he heard gunshots and saw a man who appeared to have been hit, police said.


The officer also saw another man run from the scene and get into a car, Kenneally said. Heath radioed for backup and got into his personal car to chase the suspect vehicle.

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Heath and backup officers were able to stop the suspects a short distance away on George Street, police said. With Heath’s assistance, the officers arrested three men.

Barros, 25; DiPina, 23; and Miranda, 23, were charged with assault with intent to murder, Kenneally said.

The victim, a 19-year-old man, was taken to Boston Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his leg, Kenneally said. His injury was not believed to be life-threatening.

After the arrests, Kenneally said officers were able to track down the weapon used by retracing the route of the car chase.


Acting Police Commissioner William Evans lauded Heath.

“Great work once again, another example of great work by a detail officer,” Evans said. “Thanks to his quick action and response, three suspects were taken into custody, and there’s one less gun on the streets.”

Nicholas Jacques can be reached at nicholas.jacques@