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North Haven crash suspect officially charged with Berlin motel murder

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Rahheem McDonald was officially charged with the murder of Pratik Jagani at the Days Inn in Berlin. (WFSB/North Haven police/family photos) Rahheem McDonald was officially charged with the murder of Pratik Jagani at the Days Inn in Berlin. (WFSB/North Haven police/family photos)
Rahheem McDonald faces a number of charges following a crash that hospitalized two people in North Haven. Police said he was high in PCP at the time. (North Haven police) Rahheem McDonald faces a number of charges following a crash that hospitalized two people in North Haven. Police said he was high in PCP at the time. (North Haven police)
Pratik Jagani was killed while working as a clerk at the Days Inn on the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin. (Family photo) Pratik Jagani was killed while working as a clerk at the Days Inn on the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin. (Family photo)
NORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police said they have a man in custody following a motel murder in Berlin and a crash in North Haven that sent two people to the hospital over the weekend.

They said 37-year-old Rahheem McDonald of Waterbury faces charges of murder, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a permit and possession of a high capacity magazine.

His bond was set at $2 million.

McDonald is accused of gunning down 25-year-old Pratik Jagani of Berlin on Sunday. Jagani was working as a clerk at the Days Inn on the Berlin Turnpike at the time.

McDonald was then involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle on Hartford Turnpike in North Haven early Sunday morning.

The victims' vehicle rolled over and they were seriously hurt.

Police said McDonald fled the scene on foot, but was quickly found.

He admitted to being under the influence of PCP, according to investigators. He was also transported to the hospital.

Police said their investigation revealed that McDonald was in possession of a stolen firearm.

For the crash, he was charged with DUI, second-degree assault with a motor vehicle, evading responsibility, driving with a suspended license, criminal impersonation, interfering with police, theft of a firearm, having a weapon in a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

He remains in the custody of North Haven police.

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