After the explosions at the Boston Marathon on April 15, the neighboring city of Watertown came under fire in a deadly overnight shootout involving the bombing suspects on April 19.
The two main suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, engaged in a shootout with Watertown, Massachusetts police late Thursday night and early Friday morning. The incident resulted in Tamerlan’s death and the death of a MIT police officer. Residents in the area were awoken by the gunshots and captured the shooting on video.
Suspects Engage In An Overnight Shootout In Watertown
The two brothers were responsible for a massive shootout with Watertown police, which left one suspect dead and multiple injured. The firefight began after the brothers robbed a convenience store and hijacked a vehicle in Cambridge. CNN reported that the two suspects shot at officers from the stolen car and also threw explosives at the officers during the chase. Officials responded by firing back, which unfortunately ended with the tragic death of one of their own. The MIT officer who was killed has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.
Massachusetts State Police Spokesman David Procopio told CNN, “Investigators recovered a significant amount of homemade explosives from the scene of the shootout.” Tamerlan, who was killed in the shootout, was reportedly wearing explosives and a triggering device.
19-year-old Dzhokhar was able to escape authorities and is currently on the run. He is the target of a major manhunt based in Watertown, and is suspected to be armed and very dangerous. Boston and the surrounding areas are on lockdown until further notice.
Hollywoodlifers, check out the terrifying video of the shootout, below.
WATCH: Amateur Video Shows Watertown Police Shootout of Boston Bombers
— Tiffany Gagnon