Boston police arrest two after traffic stop reveals loaded firearms

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BOSTON — Two men were arrested early Sunday morning after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of two loaded firearms, Boston police said.

At about 1:12 a.m., officers from the Anti-Crime Unit of District B-2 (Roxbury) observed a vehicle fail to obey a red light and illegally make a right turn at Erie Street and Washington Street.

The vehicle then sped off, prompting officers to engage their emergency lights and sirens to initiate a stop.

Despite initially failing to halt, the vehicle was eventually stopped with the aid of a second police unit at 16 Bullard Street.

Upon approaching the car, officers witnessed the driver, identified as Avery Combs Jr., 32, of Dorchester, reaching toward the floor.

After refusing to exit the car, a struggle ensued between Combs Jr. and the officers.

The front passenger, Jashun Cooley, 38, of Roxbury, attempted to intervene before both men were handcuffed.

A rear passenger also refused to exit the vehicle but was eventually handcuffed and later released from the scene without charges.

A search of the vehicle yielded a Ruger SR9C and a Smith & Wesson SW9V, both with rounds in the chamber and obliterated serial numbers.

Combs Jr. and Cooley now face charges including unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a large capacity feeding device, and defacement of a firearm serial number.

Cooley received additional charges for failing to stop for police and resisting arrest.

The suspects are set to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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