Police Shooting Victim Faced Assault and Battery Charge
The victim in the police shooting Monday night faced assault and battery charges.
The fatal run-in with police that ended in the death of 22 year-old Bryce Coutinho was not Coutinho's first interaction with police.
Coutinho had been arrested on Nov. 2 on a warrant for charges of assault and battery relating back to an Oct. 3 incident. The warrant documents allege that Coutinho attempted to strangle a woman on that day.
"She had slight red marks on her neck," wrote Marlborough Police Officer Michael Giaquinto, who had spoken to the alleged victim.
The alleged assault was broken up upon the arrival of other people. Coutinho left that location and was involved in a car accident on Hosmer Street.
"He was subsequently struck by a motor vehicle in a self admitted attempt to commit suicide," according to Officer Giaquinto.
A warrant was issued for Coutinho's arrest on Oct. 5. He was arrested on Nov. 2. After appearing before a judge, he was released on bail. Among the conditions of his bail were that he not abuse the victim, continue therapy and continue attending Alcoholics Anonymous.
In the officer's report, the alleged victim had stated that Coutinho had been "highly intoxicated" on the day of the incident and admitted that he was a heroin user.