Police hunt for gunman in Arbutus St. killing

Boston Police are still seeking the public's help in finding the gunman who shot and killed an Arbutus Street woman outside her home last Thursday evening. Deanna Watkins, 29, was shot several times around 7:40 p.m., just outside her home at 3 Arbutus Street.

Commissioner Ed Davis said this week that detectives have some leads in the case, but still are hoping for more tips to come in from the community.

"Overall we have some good physical evidence and good descriptions of the suspects. Detectives are working diligently, but we could use more help from the community. We strongly recommend people use the Crimestoppers line (1(800)494-TIPS or text the word 'TIP' to 27463)."

In the minutes after Watkins' murder, a large crowd assembled near the scene and at one point began chasing two men thought to be involved in the shooting. More than 70 police officers were called in to help with the disturbance that unfolded. Two suspects arrested at the scene were determined to have nothing to do with Watkins's murder, Davis said.

"It is an unusual situation. It was a terrible tragedy for the neighborhood and tensions were high. I think people's first response to help is something we encourage but there's a fine line between assisting and overstepping what's appropriate. Preserving the crime scene is critical and when people act out it's detrimental to the investigation."

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Here's a tip for ya !

detectives have leads? The why do you need public's help?

Here's how this works we pay you to catch the bad guys not help you catch them maybe if we had police patrols at night?
Maybe less police watching holes being dug and more actually doing police work. Maybe a few less 4 hour time periods setting up traffic traps and a little more effort into looking for the bad guys? Dunno maybe hire people who want to clean up the neighborhoods instead ot out of towners who have no vested interest in keeping crime off the streets of Dorchester after all if crimes leave aint they out of wotrk? or horrors to horror they might move the crime to their town

Take a sad Song and make it better

Rich Carney

I feel you Rich. Almost everytime I pass a site where work is being done by NSTAR or NationalGrid, there is a police officer on his cell phone. Now we know its not an emergency because he would be on his radio if it was. Any civilian can make personal calls at a construction site, give one of us the job.

When there is a murder in the city, yes, you can count on an officer to man that scene...but only for a few days. Once the hype dies down, the patrol car is gone. I can not understand why the police do not patrol these high crime areas until someone dies. It's no secret that some of these areas are hot and if I as a resident know that then of course the police knows it as well. Yet and still, they don't come down here until something happens.

When I pass through Dorchester's Codman Square, hence, hot area...there is police presence out there almost all the time and I can get with that. What about the other areas? How many people have to die before officers are regularly walking the streets?

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