18-year-old man arrested with loaded gun after allegedly refusing to get out of car in East Boston

The loaded gun the 18-year-old man was carrying.
The loaded gun the 18-year-old man was carrying. (Boston Police Department)

An 18-year-old man known to police for carrying guns illegally was arrested in East Boston Saturday night for having a loaded gun after he allegedly repeatedly refused to get out of the car he was in, police said.

Officers were patrolling the area of Maverick Landing around 7:40 p.m. after the police department received several complaints from residents who said there were people there making a lot of noise, trespassing, and drinking, Boston police said in a statement.

During the patrol, the officers saw a car parked in a space that was marked as being for residents only. When they approached the car, they saw that the people in the car were “engaged in an activity consistent with the usage of illegal narcotics,” and they recognized the man in the passenger seat, police said.


The man, Jaylin Copeland of Boston, had been arrested before and charged with unlawful possession of firearms. When officers spoke to him, “he appeared to be nervous as the pace of his breathing quickened and body language stiffened,” police said.

Officers asked him to get out of the car, but he refused, becoming “belligerent and bad-tempered,” police said. After several requests, the man finally got out. An officer conducted a pat frisk and found a loaded semiautomatic pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition.

Copeland was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, possession of a high-capacity feeding device, and trespassing, police said.

He was arraigned in East Boston District Court Monday morning, and the judge set bail at $30,000. The case is still pending, and he has a probable cause hearing scheduled for Nov. 8, a court clerk said.

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