Hyde Park Teen Charged With Murder, Assault in Centre Street Mayhem

Police have identified the alleged killer in Wednesday’s Centre Street violence. Police arrested and charged Josiah Zachery, 18, of Hyde Park with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and assault by means of a dangerous weapon on a police officer.

Boston Police Officer Neva Coakley said the incident took place about 10:32 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 891 Centre St. According to police, an officer on patrol heard the shot and went to investigate. He saw one victim on the ground. He and other officers chased two suspects, at least one of whom shot at them. In shows of restraint praised by Police Commissioner William Evans, the officers did not return fire.

Two people were initially taken into custody. Coakley said some or all of those involved in the incident were part of the Roca Program, which aims to help the city’s most “at-risk” young men to leave lives of crime.

One of the residential streets in Pondside blocked off by police tape after a fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

Chris Helms

One of the residential streets in Pondside blocked off by police tape after a fatal shooting at 891 Centre St., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.

Centre Street from Murray Circle to the Monument, plus several residential streets, remained closed for hours as police processed the area and searched for evidence.

A white van bearing the lettering “Roca Property Services” was towed from the scene.

A Roca official told Jamaica Plain News the social service agency couldn’t comment on a matter that’s an ongoing police investigation, but that the incident was “deeply saddening.”

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