By Aaron Edwards and Jason Fields, Digital First Media.
Police run with their weapons
drawn as they conduct a search for
a suspect in the Boston Marathon
bombings on Friday in Watertown,
Mass. (Matt Rourke, The Associated
A massive manhunt was underway
on Friday in the suburbs of Boston
as authorities pursued one of the
suspects in Monday’s marathon
bombings, shutting down parts of
Boston and sending shockwaves
throughout the area.
By Friday morning, scores of
officers had descended
on Watertown, Mass., guns at the
ready. Officers worked to keep
areas of interest clear of
bystanders as they closed in.
A suspect was killed overnight in a
confrontation with police.
Authorities urged residents in
Boston and the surrounding
suburbs to stay indoors. All mass
transit was shut down, along with
Amtrak service. All schools,
including colleges, in the Boston
area were closed until further
“We believe this to be a terrorist.
We believe this to be a man who
has come here to kill people. We
need to get him in custody,” said
Boston Police Commissioner
AP identified the suspects as
coming from the Caucasus region
of Russia and reports said the man
on the loose is Dzhokhar A.
Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge.
Tsarnaev appeared to have set up a
page on a Russian-language site
similar to Facebook, where he says
his priorities are “career and
The dead suspect was identified as
Tsarnaev’s brother, Tamerlan,
26. He was a Greater Lowell Golden
Glove boxer and former
Anzor Tsarnev, the father of the
two suspects, described Dzhokhar
as “a true angel,” in a telephone
interview with the AP from the
Russian city of Makhachkala.
“We have a picture, a video from
the 7-11 in Cambridge last night,
that he is dressed in a gray,
hoodie-type sweatshirt. He’s light-
skinned, or Caucasian male with
longer brown curly hair. That’s the
individual we’re looking for at the
moment,” Col. Timothy P. Alben,
superintendent of the
Massachusetts State Police, said in
an early-morning press conference.
The dead suspect
The Middlesex district attorney said
the two men are suspected of
killing a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology police officer on
campus late Thursday, then stealing
a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint and
later releasing its driver unharmed.
Hours earlier, police had released
photos of the marathon bombing
suspects and asked for the public’s
help finding them.
The slain MIT officer was identified
on Friday as Sean Collier, 26, of
Somerville. Collier has an MIT
police officer since January 2012.
Before that he worked a civilian
employee with the Somerville
Police Chief John DiFava described
Collier as a dedicated officer who
was extremely well liked by his
colleagues and the MIT community.
Authorities say the suspects threw
explosives from the car as police
followed it into Watertown. The
suspects and police exchanged
gunfire, and one of the suspects
was critically injured and later died
while the other escaped.
State police spokesman David
Procopio said, “The incident in
Watertown did involve what we
believe to be explosive devices
possibly, potentially, being used
against the police officers.”
Speaking at the hospital, Dr.
Richard Wolfe described the
injuries suffered by the suspect
during his arrest.
“This was a trauma arrest, multiple
injuries. Probably, we believe a
combination of blast and
potentially gunshot wounds,” he
When he was asked how many
bullets had hit the suspect, he said
he was “unable to count,” but
added that it looked like the body
had been struck by an explosive
Wolfe was then asked if it appeared
that the man had a bomb strapped
to his chest.
“Unclear, I think the medical
examiner will be able to
conclusively say that. But there
were signs of more than just
There were no other victims during
In Watertown, witnesses reported
hearing multiple gunshots and
explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday.
Dozens of police officers and FBI
agents were in the neighborhood
and a helicopter circled overhead.
Mark Tripp, who lives on Mt.
Auburn Street in Watertown,
witnessed the confrontation
between police and the suspects.
“I heard what sounded like an
M-80 go off on my street,” he said.
“I ran to the scene and I saw a man
face-down on the street, pinned on
the ground with red dots on him
[from laser scopes]. Police said
‘don’t move or I’ll blow your brains
out.’ The guy didn’t move a
In Maryland, TV crews gathered
outside the Montgomery County
home of Ruslan Tsarni, uncle to the
two suspects, on Friday. Police
cordoned off the normally quiet
cul-de-sac as investigators met
with the family. A helicopter
Earlier that day, Tsarni spoke to
WBZ Radio in Boston, saying the
events “absolutely shocked me. It’s
absolutely not comprehensible in
The Associated Press and Digital
First Media reporters Ryan
Beckwith and Katie Lannan
contributed to this story.