The Boston Marathon bombing investigation came to a head late on April 18 and into the early morning as police chased both suspects, leading to a violent shootout that resulted in the death of a policeman, as well as the death of one of the two suspects.
The person known as Suspect One — the man in a black hat seen heading towards the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15 — was shot and killed in a police standoff in a residential neighborhood outside of Boston early on Friday morning, April 19, has now been identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. Suspect Two, who wore a white hat, has been identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and is still at large and extremely dangerous, authorities say.
Boston Police In Violent Shootout With Suspects — One Suspect Dead
The night of violence began unfolding at about 10:30 PM, when Dzhokhar robbed a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, Mass. Shortly afterward, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed responding to a suspicious incident.
Police reportedly then chased the two suspects in a black Mercedes to Watertown, a quiet residential neighborhood outside of Boston. Two residents of Watertown said that they heard what sounded like firecrackers going off, and when they looked out their window they saw the two men huddled behind their Mercedes, engaging in a shootout with the police.
CNN reports that, after Tamerlan was killed, his brother ran him over and drove away.
Watertown Resident Describes Violent Shootout With Bombing Suspects
Another Watertown resident, Andrew Kitzenbeg, said the police and the suspects were exchanging constant gunfire, and that at one point a police SUV drove towards the Mercedes, rolling out of control and crashing into two cars in his driveway.
The two suspects had another bomb on them, armed and ready, says Andrew. “They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most,” he says.
Tamerlan then ran at the police, where he was tackled. At this point, Dzhokhar got back into the Mercedes and sped away from the scene. Andrew states that the suspects left multiple bags by the car, which were attended to by a bomb squad.
One police man was severely injured in the shootout and is in serious condition, police spokesperson Dave Procopio said.
CNN is reporting that when Tamerlan was brought to a hospital in critical condition from gunshot wounds, it was discovered that he had explosives strapped to his body. He was later pronounced dead.
We’ll have any and all updates for you as this story continues to unfold.
— Andrew Gruttadaro