• Dorchester man accused of shooting at police held on high bail


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 21-year-old man was held on $750,000 bail Friday amid allegations that he shot at Boston police investigating a drug transaction on Blue Hill Avenue.

    Anthony Toombs, of Dorchester, was arraigned on a slew of charges that include unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a public employee, and resisting arrest.

    Investigators say members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force were conducting a gang investigation in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Pasadena Road just before 1 a.m. Friday when they observed an apparent drug transaction. They claim Toombs approached an accused seller and the two entered a nearby pizza shop before walking up Blue Hill Avenue.

    Boston police say two officers approached the men in an unmarked cruiser. They allege Toombs ran when the officers exited the cruiser and asked to speak to the men. The man who they claim was the seller stopped to speak with them.

    One officer remained with the accused seller, 21-year-old William Howell, of Mattapan, as other officers chased Toombs onto Seaver Street.

    Investigators claim the officers chased Toombs into Puddingstone Park where he pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt pocket. They say officers told Toombs to drop the weapon, but he refused and continued to run. Investigators accuse Toombs of firing the gun at the officers when he reached a fenced-in area of the park. No one was hit.

    One of the officers returned fire, but did not hit anyone.

    After the exchange of gunfire, police say Toombs tossed the gun over the fence and went to the ground. They say he complied when asked to show his hands, but struggled with an officer who was placing him in custody. Toombs is accused of assaulting the officer with his fist.

    If Toombs posts bail, he must wear a GPS monitoring system. The 21-year-old is due back in court on Sept. 16.

    The second suspect, William Howell, was charged with possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute after investigators claim they found a plastic bag containing two smaller bags of marijuana while frisking him.

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