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DA: Officers acted properly in fatally shooting man in Dorchester gunfight

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley says officers acted properly when they fatally shot Darryl Dookhran on Dec. 7, 2013.

In a letter to BPD Commissioner William Evans, Conley says Dookhran had opened fire on the officers - hitting one of them in the arm:

The investigation revealed that Boston Police Officer Ryan Lenane and Sergeant Thomas Teahan fired their service weapons in the proper exercise of self-defense and the defense of others. Sergeant Teahan and Officer Lehane fired on Mr. Dookhran only after he shote Officer Lenane in the left arm. Mr. Dookhran then engaged Sergeant Teahan and Officers Lehane and William Traft (who did not fire his weapon) in an excahnge of gunfire in a thickly settled residential and commerical neighborhood. Under the circumstances, Sergeant Teahan and Officer Lenane acted reasonably and lawfully when they discharged their service weapons.

Conley's letter details what happened that afternoon. Three officers, all members of the Youth Violence Strike Force, were in an unmarked cruiser, heading to Ridgewood Street to look for a gun they thought might have been left there after a shooting the night before.

As they drove on Geneva, near Topliff and Westville, Traft spotted two men walking on the other side of the street, one of them Dookhran, whom Traft knew had been involved with firearms - and for whom a regional police clearing house had recently issued a bulletin, in which he was described as carrying a gun on a regular basis.

Because of that, the officers decided to have a chat with him. But when Teahan and Lenane got out of the cruiser, Conley writes, Dookrahan turned and began to run away. The two began to follow him - and Traft got out of the car and joined the chase. But Dookhran's companion, Christopher Murrain, stepped in their way, Conley continues.

As Officer Lenane yelled at Mr. Murrain, the officer heard a gunshot and simultaneously felt something strike him in his left arm. Officer Lenane yelled that he had been shot and unholstered his gun. When Sergeant Teahan heard the shot, he, too, unholstered his gun and prepared to return fire. Images from a surveillance camera mounted outsited the Sobrino Meat Market at 416 Geneva Avenue depict Mr. Dookhran running in a northwesterly direction on Geneva Avenue and turning back to point a gun at Officer Lenane, who was pursuing him and whose gun was still holstered.

As he ran up Westville Street, Mr. Dookhran fired a second shot back in the direction of the pursuing officers. Surveillance video from a second camera mounted on the Westville Street side of the Sobrino Market depitcs Mr. Dookhran pointing his gun back in the direction of the officers. During the course of the brief foot chase on Westville Street, Officer Lenane fired twice at Mr. Dookhran, and Sergeant Teahan fired either two or three times. One of the shots struck Mr. Dookhran in the side of his left arm, near the top and toward the front. Another shot struck Mr. Dookhran in the right side of his head, above and slightly in front of his ear. The bullet exited on the left of Mr. Dookhran's head. ... Mr. Dookhran fell on the sidewalk on the southern side of Westville Street. Officer Lenane approached the fallen Mr. Dookhran and disarmed him. ...

Police called immediately for an ambulance. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics arrived within minutes. Paramedics pronounced Mr. Dookhran dead at the scene.

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to see what the stats are for police shootings ending in fatalities with the removal of cases such as this one.

Of course there is a greater trend at play, but I also think that it does a disservice to the memory of truly innocent people when you are lumping in losers like this to boost the stats of the number of black people killed by Law Enforcement.

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But if you remove a clear cut case like this, then you might start into the territory of controversial cases. I mean, Darren Wilson was cleared in the shooting of Michael Brown, and despite my feelings on this, I totally see why it would be on a list of police shootings.

Statistics are cold. Statistics are amoral. That which lies beneath them are what drives people.

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The manifesto that the I93 protesters released had this kid as one of their black lives matter. What boggles my mind is they didn't mention the guy killed by Framingham officers during a SWAT raid, after he surrendered.

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One less scumbag off of the streets and a couple more cops off the hook for what looks like a good shoot. Sounds like win-win to me.

Unless of course some kids from Somerville or Arlington want to grab a few more barrels....

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Those twits last Thursday referenced this guy as an example of police violence against African Americans. This would seem to be the prime example of when the police are justified opening fire.

Morale of the story- don't open fire on the cops.

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Context doesn't matter to them.

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One woman's list of demands included shutting down the prison system. Meanwhile up in Lowell a cop shot a white truck thief after he no longer posed a danger to the cop.

What was with the wizard outfit in the last photo of yesterday's post with no comments allowed?

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I think name calling and fashion rating by people who are stuck in the 1950s is a sign of idiocy, if not an "idiot sign".

And, yes, white people are shot by cops, too. Not in the same proportions, but it does happen, and it is part of the same problem of training and support and lacking consequences when it didn't need to happen.

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Thought we knew this already. Thank you officers!

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I can't even imagine doing that job.

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