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Man allegedly strikes BPD officer with vehicle in Dorchester

A handgun, bags of cocaine, and other evidence Boston police recovered.
A handgun, bags of cocaine, and other evidence Boston police recovered.(Boston Police Department)

A 29-year-old man allegedly struck a Boston police officer with his car in Dorchester on Wednesday night before leading cops on a foot chase and getting taken into custody after a “violent struggle,” authorities said.

In a statement, police identified the suspect as Adrian Ferguson of Dorchester.

Officers from the Youth Violence Strike Force who’d been conducting a drug investigation approached Ferguson’s vehicle about 7:39 p.m. after he backed it into a parking area near 5 Salisbury Park, and the encounter quickly escalated, according to the release.

“Upon seeing the officers, the driver suddenly accelerated towards them, striking one of the officers as he attempted to get out of the way of the vehicle, causing the rear passenger window on the driver’s side to shatter,” the statement said. “The officer was not seriously injured as a result of the collision and immediately began chasing after the fleeing vehicle. The suspect vehicle then struck a police cruiser that had been positioned at Park Street to block the potential path of flight.”

Ferguson quickly ditched the car and left it running and in gear, police said. He fled on foot while allegedly toting a gun.

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“Officers pursued the suspect, finally stopping him in the area of Dorchester Avenue and Lincoln Street at which time a violent struggle ensued,” the statement said. “Once the suspect was safely in custody, officers were able to locate and recover a loaded .380 caliber Ruger handgun with a laser sight which the suspect had discarded in the area of 286 Adams Street.”

Ferguson found himself in even more trouble after police tossed his car.

“Officers continued their investigation which led to the recovery of one small plastic bag and two large plastic bags of cocaine with a combined weight of about 30 grams along with other evidence from the front passenger seat of the suspect motor vehicle,” the statement said.

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Ferguson now faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and trafficking a class B drug, police said.

It wasn’t known whether he had hired a lawyer.

Less than a half-hour before police approached Ferguson on Wednesday, they took a gun off another suspect in Dorchester, according to a separate statement. Once again, it was the Youth Violence Strike Force that sprang into action, this time in the area of Columbia Road and Geneva Avenue.

“As the officers approached to speak with a group of males, one of the individuals, later identified as Davonne Manor, 24, of Roxbury, suddenly took off running while clutching at the right side of the waistband of his pants,” the release said. “Officers pursued the suspect and placed him in custody after a brief struggle at which time they were able to safely recover a 9mm Glock 19 with an extended magazine loaded with 31 rounds of ammunition.”

Manor faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, and resisting arrest, police said.

It wasn’t known whether Manor had hired a lawyer.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.