On last night's episode of "Boston's Finest," the episode opens with the narrator, Donnie Wahlberg telling the viewers how Boston, like many cities in the United States experience gang violence daily. With tensions high, rival groups separated by only a few blocks, take their feuds into the streets. In their attempt to stop more gang violence, the Boston Police have stepped up their efforts by putting more boots on the ground and extra patrol shifts.
After a shooting on Haley Street, they stop a car containing three men suspected of being involved. Henry Coakley’s brother was killed on the exact date three years ago, and they fear revenge is the cause of the latest shooting. Detective Tim Stanton pulled their car over for failure to yield and with no evidence, had to release Jamal and his passenger, Henry. However, Stanton knows that it could be the beginning of retaliations. Detective Stanton has just started his twenty-fifth year in the Boston Police Department, and knows the streets well. He owns a gym and is a boxing instructor and keeps him prepared for whatever comes at him in the street. He recently got engaged to his girl, Kim and cherishes every day he spends with her. He warned that anyone who is coming to Boston to do harm to their residents; they have a little something for them! Today Tim is riding with his boss, Sgt. Mike Stratton. The shooting call came in at 3 a.m., and they are an extra patrol due to the fear of retaliation.
Officers D Araujo and Manny Canuto have been pulling double shifts in Dorchester and Roxbury; the same streets they grew up on. When a call comes in of shots fired, the units respond. They followed a trail of blood where the victim crawled after being shot. As they feared, the victim was the passenger in the car they stopped the night before with Henry Coakley.
While both units respond to this shooting, another shooting is reported and Araujo and Canuto rush to this one. A green Ford Explorer with tinted windows was reportedly involved, and the officers know that if they can find that vehicle, it could stop further violence. Another unit apprehended the green truck and had two men in custody, but the third man escaped, believed to be Henry Coakley. Manny knows that as officers treat each other as family, so do the gang members treat each other. This is why retaliation is so important to the gangs, and must be stopped by the police.
With three people shot in less than 24 hours; they must find Henry Coakley. As they follow the trail of blood, they know he is in a certain house. They yell out a warning to open the door, but are forced to break it down. They apprehended Henry and a revolver at the scene, but not on his person. In a case like this, he could be back on the streets in a few hours; unless they can match the prints with the gun.
At home, Tim related that Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and is working on her recovery. Manny and D stopped by the park where D’s kids are playing. Manny is the godfather of his kids, and they want them to grow up and play in a place where they can feel safe. He also related that many times when they arrest gang members, they feel that they can challenge the police officers. Manny states that they never win those challenges.
As they feared, Coakley was released because they could not connect the gun found in the house to him. Now he is back on the street, and they know he is a bad guy. The case of Coakley is handed off to Detective Brian Albert of the Fugitive Unit met with his detail and advised them to be extra vigilant. As they hone in on suspected areas and known associates, a person who looks much like him leaves his last-known address and walks down the street. As multiple cars surround the area, they discover it is not him. They told him they thought he was Jimmy, so as not to set off alarms that they may be looking for Henry.
Tim Stanton patrolled the area where the shooting occurred, and is watching out for their target. The series of last known addresses ran cold, but they are not about to give up.
Tim and his gym, TNT Boxing is running their yearly fundraiser for breast cancer. This year it is especially meaningful. Officers, Jennifer Penton and Skye Robinson were on hand to lend their support.
With the list of last locations exhausted, the Fugitive Unit must get creative. A warrant was issued for one of his associates, so they will keep an eye out for him as they seek the other man. As their luck starts to dwindle, a call comes in that a vehicle was spotted that was involved in the shooting the other night.
When they stopped the car, no weapons were found, but they suspect that it could have been thrown from the car once they knew the police were on to them. As a woman waits for someone to get into her car, it is definitely Coakley. They rush to apprehend the target and take him into custody without any problem.
When Tim got home, Kim gave him the good news she received from her latest mammogram. As D arrived home, his kids greeted him with hugs and kisses. It is just another day in the families they belong to, both at home and at their jobs.
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