The Brooklyn teenager who started a fire that ultimately killed one responding NYPD officer and injured another may face murder charges, officials say.
According to the New York Daily News, 16-year-old Marcell Dockery, who has already been charged with arson, reckless endangerment and assault, may soon face second-degree murder charges. While Gothamist notes that the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office has yet to announce new charges, but Dockery's criminal history has been excavated.
The Daily News reports that the teenager was arrested in January and March, noting that the arrests could've resulted in he and his mother being kicked out of their Coney Island apartment prior to the fire that eventually claimed Officer Dennis Guerra's life:
Marcell Dockery was arrested twice in the months before police say he set the fire that killed an NYPD housing cop, busts that could have made him eligible for eviction from his NYCHA apartment before the tragedy.
But Housing Authority officials confirmed Wednesday they were unaware of the 16-year-old’s prior arrests: a criminal mischief charge in January for stealing his mother’s cell phone and a March 4 misdemeanor arrest for marijuana possession.
What's more, Dockery's mother—who neighbors said is in church every Sunday, according to the Daily News—deserves none of the blame for her son's actions: "Some kids just don't think, they don't pay attention to the consequences."
The Daily News adds that the New York City Housing Authority will now initiate the eviction process against Dockery's mother, while upgraded charges against him could arrive in the coming days.