Suspect arrested after alleged gunfire exchange, ‘violent struggle’ with police in the South End

No one was injured, but a few police officers were taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated, authorities said.

Boston police responding to a report of a man with a gun in the South End Saturday afternoon wound up exchanging gunfire with the suspect, followed by a “violent struggle” in an effort to subdue him, according to the Boston Police Department.

Tyler Brown, 40, allegedly fired the gun he had until it ran out of ammunition, police said in a news release. He’s being charged with assault with intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence or dwelling, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a large capacity firearm and feeding device.


Police were called to the area near 134 Northampton St. around 2:13 p.m. for a report of a man who allegedly had a gun and was threatening people, the release said. When police arrived, they found Brown and reportedly tried to speak with him. Brown allegedly didn’t acknowledge the officers, and began running down Massachusetts Avenue toward Chester Park.

During the chase, Brown allegedly began firing the gun toward the pursuing officers. They returned fire, both in fear for their lives and for those of other people in the area, the release said. Brown was allegedly “undeterred” by the returning gunfire and kept firing until he was out of ammunition.

There was a “violent struggle,” police said, and Brown fought with police until they were able to place him under arrest.

No one was injured, but a few of the officers were taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated, the release said.

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