BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The man fatally shot by police in Boston's South End on Tuesday was identified by friends as 26-year-old Burrell Ramsey-White.
Police used deadly force after they said Ramsey showed a gun and refused to put it down when ordered to. It happened on the far end of Dartmouth Street and Columbus Avenue, just steps away from the MBTA station in the South End.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said officers pulled over a metallic Cadillac around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police said Ramsey-White, who was alone in the car, got out and ran off.
Officers chased him near the Southwest Corridor Park, right behind Copley Place. That's when they said he pulled out a gun. After telling him to drop his weapon, police fired one shot, hitting him in the chest. Ramsey-White was later pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.
Police said two officers were also sent to the hospital, but Commissioner Davis said they weren't shot and their injuries were minor.
It wasn't immediately known why Ramsey-White had been pulled over. Investigators said they weren't searching for any other suspects.
Ramsey-White was placed on probation for one year in June 2011 after pleading guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was ordered to have no contact and to stay away from the victim, according to records from Worcester Superior Court.
In March 2008, Ramsey-White, who was living in South Boston at the time, was arrested in a "buy bust" sting, according to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Ramsey-White, also known as "Philip Johnson" and "Jack," was contacted by police on his cell phone for the purpose of buying crack cocaine.
Undercover officers met with Ramsey-White at Back Bay station and then followed him to a South End side street, where he handed police the drugs. The officers paid Ramsey-White and then he was arrested at a traffic stop a few blocks away. He was charged with possession and intent to sell drugs within 1,000 feet of a school zone and driving without a license.