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UPDATE: WPD Officers Make Arrest for Grafton St Double Homicide

For Immediate Release: 4/13/2022 8:59 am

UPDATE: WPD Officers Make Arrest for Grafton St Double Homicide

After a lengthy investigation, Worcester Police Department detectives developed probable cause for the arrest of Christopher Burns, thirty-seven-years-old of Vernon St, in connection with the Grafton St double homicide that occurred on December 8th 2021. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Mr. Burns for two counts of Murder, Unlawful Carrying of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm, and Armed Career Criminal Level 2.

On April 13th 2022 at about 6:05 AM, officers located Mr. Burns at his Vernon St address. He was placed under arrest for his warrant and will be arraigned in court.

“I am proud of the professionalism of our Detective Bureau, and I would like to thank the investigators for the persistence and hard work that led to this arrest.  I would also like to thank the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Team, who assisted with the arrest.”

-Chief Steven Sargent


On December 8th 2021 at about 1:57 AM, Worcester Police officers were dispatched to 271 Grafton St for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers observed two male shooting victims on the sidewalk. Officers rendered medical aid and the males were transported by ambulance to the hospital, where they were both pronounced deceased. Detectives arrived to investigate and the crime scene was processed.

This investigation is ongoing. If you have information about this incident, please send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.

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