Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Arrested in Watertown, Massachusetts
A manhunt that paralyzed Boston and gripped the nation ended Friday night when police apprehended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a shootout in Watertown, Mass. The 19-year-old suspect in Monday’s marathon bombing eluded authorities for more than 12 hours following a fierce firefight with police early Friday morning that left his brother and suspected accomplice, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dead.
Police cornered the younger Tsarnaev in the backyard of an idyllic white house on Franklin street after combing a 20-block area for most of the day without luck. A tense standoff ensued, as loud bangs rang through the streets and helicopters hovered overhead, Tsarnaev holed up in a boat stored behind the house. At roughly 8:45 p.m., word came over the police scanner: “Suspect in custody.”
The investigation into Monday’s attack, which killed 3 and injured more than 170, escalated quickly. The FBI released photos of the suspects late Thursday in hopes that the public might help identify the grainy pictures of two men believed to have planted pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. By 2 a.m. Friday morning, a MIT campus officer was shot dead and police were chasing the Tsarnaevs through the streets of Watertown, exchanging fire with the suspects as they dropped explosive devices out of the windows of a stolen car. Dzhokhar fled after Tamerlan was killed.