Christopher Murrain, 25, had his bail on two outstanding cases revoked today at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on charges he tried to interfere with police chasing Darryl Dookhran, who would soon be lying on the ground, dead.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Murrain and Dookhran were standing at Geneva Avenue and Westville Street around 1 p.m. on Saturday when two officers with the police Youth Violence Strike Force approached them:
Dookhran allegedly fled the approaching officers, who attempted to give chase on foot. At that time, the evidence suggests, Murrain allegedly stepped in and physically blocked one of the officers, giving Dookhran a head start.
The preliminary evidence suggests that Dookhran produced a firearm and fired at pursuing officers, one of whom was hit. That officer was transported to an area hospital with an injury that was not believed to be life-threatening. Dookhran was hit by return fire, suffering a fatal injury.
In additionn to revoking his bail on the earlier charges, Dorchester District Court Judge Robert Tochka imposed $15,000 bail for the new charge.
Murrain was arrested on motor-vehicle charges in September. Suffolk County prosecutors had tried to have his bail on that case revoked in October when he was arrested on charges related to the 16 bags of heroin, 58 bags of crack cocaine and a spent shell casing police say they found in his car after an apparent drug traqnsaction at Boylston and Tremont streets downtown. Just in case, prosecutors also asked for $50,000 bail on the drug charges.
But Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan, Jr., with whom the DA's office has feuded over bail, released him on his own recognizance, the DA's office says. Two other men in the car with Murrain were also released on personal recognizance, but have not been re-arrested.
The DA's office adds it has begun an investigation into Dookhran's death.
As with all police-involved fatalities in Suffolk County, Dookhran's death will be investigated by Conley's office to determine whether, based on all the facts and circumstances, any criminal charges are warranted. As with all such cases, Conley's office will then open the investigative file for review by any interested news media.
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