Boston Police Officer Resides At House Linked To Mattapan Quadruple Homicide

As the Dorchester Reporter noted yesterday, the quadruple homicide at or near 40 Woolson Street in Mattapan late Monday-early Tuesday occurred directly next door to the scene of an August 28 shooting that left one man wounded.

Now the Phoenix has learned that both of those properties – 40 and 42 Woolson Street, as well as an abutting lot on Wildwood Street – are owned by relatives of a Boston Police Department (BPD) officer who lives at 40 Woolson.

According to city records, the Woolson and Wildwood properties belong to Jack P. Johnson, who claims residence at 40 Woolson, outside of which the latest victims were found. Also listed as a resident at that address is Laurence C. Johnson, a BPD mobile officer who made $97,513.16 in 2009.

Though it was widely reported that this week's slayings went down at 40 Woolson – where ShotSpotter technology directed police – a BPD spokesperson said the murders were not necessarily linked to that address. It has been reported that at least two of the victims were found naked, presumably as the result of an indoor drug deal gone bad in the vicinity.

Police are searching the property at nearby 23 Sutton Street, where victim Simba Martin is reported to have lived. According to the latest Globe report: “A law enforcement official with knowledge of the case has said investigators believe the incident may have begun at the Sutton Street home.” The latest from the Boston Herald also has some revealing new details.

The Phoenix will continue investigating this matter through the week and weekend. Stay tuned.

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