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One Boston bombing suspect is dead; MIT officer also killed

Posted Apr 19, 2013 6:03 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Updated: A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has died after a police chase, while another remains at large. A campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was also shot and killed.

Police were going door to door in Watertown early Friday in a search of the second suspect, the New York Times reports. The Boston Globe says a Boston Transit officer was also seriously wounded soon after the MIT officer was shot and killed. The transit officer is in critical condition at a Boston-area hospital. The Boston Globe has a live news feed to compile the breaking news.

The surviving suspect was identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., according to the Times and the Associated Press. The suspect who died is his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, according to the Times. The Times attributes its information to an unnamed law enforcement official, while AP cites multiple unnamed law enforcement officials. The Times says the Tsarnaevs are from Chechnya.

Gov. Patrick Deval said Boston residents and those living in nearby communities should "shelter in place," meaning they should stay indoors, the Globe says. The nearby communities are Watertown, Waltham, Newton, Belmont and Cambridge. Transit and taxi service have been shut down, and businesses have been asked to close.

The chain of events began at 10 p.m. Thursday when two men robbed a 7/11 near MIT, according to the Times. One of the robbery suspects caught on the security camera was identified as a bombing suspect. At 10:30 p.m., police received reports that an MIT security officer was shot while in his police car. The officer had multiple gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Soon after that, police received reports of an armed carjacking. The victim was kept in his Mercedes SUV about a half hour and released. Police searched for and found the vehicle and began a pursuit. According to a statement released by authorities, the two men in the carjacked car threw explosive devices from the vehicle and exchanged gunfire with police.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and pronounced dead at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He was identified as Suspect No. 1 in the bombing. Dr. Richard Wolfe told reporters the man had “more than gunshot wounds” and some of his injuries may have been caused by an explosive device, the Globe says.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, identified as bombing Suspect No. 2, fled. An eyewitness said the suspect drove toward police in the carjacked SUV then broke to the right. AP, however, says he fled on foot.

The MIT police officer who died was identified as Sean Collier, 26, the Globe says. The transit police officer, Richard Donahue Jr., 33, was in stable condition at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

Updated at 7 a.m. to add names of suspects. Updated at 7:40 a.m. to add information about the request to "shelter in place" and the suspects' home country. Updated at 11 a.m. to identify the MIT officer who was killed and the traffic officer who was injured.

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