Teen Indicted for Murder in Coney Island Arson that Killed Officer
BROOKLYN — The Coney Island teenager suspected of setting a fire that lead to the death of a seven-year NYPD veteran was indicted for murder by a grand jury Friday.
Marcell Dockery, 16, told police that he set the mattress from his 13th floor apartment on fire in the hallway because he was "bored," police sources said. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Responding officer Dennis Guerra, 38, of Far Rockaway, raced up to investigate fire with his partner but was overwhelmed by thick smoke. He suffered severe smoke inhalation and died Wednesday in Montefiore Hospital.
His partner, Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, remained in critical condition, police said.
“The senseless act of setting that fire tragically led to the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra,” said Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson. “Both dedicated and courageous officers did not hesitate to risk their lives to save others. We will bring the Defendant to justice for these terrible and horrific crimes."
Dockery's lawyer, Jesse Young, did not immediately return a call for comment. He faces arson, reckless endangerment and assault charges as well.