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Final shootout, then Boston bombing suspect caught

By Eileen Sullivan & Jay Lindsey

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:43 a.m. HST, Apr 20, 2013

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — For just a few minutes, it seemed as if the dragnet that had shut down a metropolitan area of millions while legions of police went house to house looking for the suspected Boston Marathon bomber had failed.

Weary officials lifted a daylong order that had kept residents in their homes, saying it was fruitless to keep an entire city locked down. Then one man emerged from his home and noticed blood on the pleasure boat parked in his backyard. He lifted the tarp and found the wounded 19-year-old college student known the world over as Suspect No. 2.

Soon after that, the 24-hour drama that paralyzed a city and transfixed a nation was over.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture touched off raucous celebrations in and around Boston, with chants of “USA, USA” as residents flooded the streets in relief and jubilation after four tense days since twin explosions ripped through the marathon’s crowd at the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

The 19-year-old — whose older brother and alleged accomplice was killed earlier Friday morning in a wild shootout in suburban Boston — was in serious condition Saturday at a hospital protected by armed guards, and he was unable to be questioned to determine his motives. U.S. officials said a special interrogation team for high-value suspects would question him without reading him his Miranda rights, invoking a rare public safety exception triggered by the need to protect police and the public from immediate danger.

President Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the Boston bombings, including whether the two men had help from others. He urged people not to rush judgment about their motivations.

Dzhokhar and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge, just outside Boston. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died early in the day of gunshot wounds and a possible blast injury. He was run over by his younger brother in a car as he lay wounded, according to investigators.

During a long night of violence Thursday and into Friday, the brothers killed an MIT police officer, severely wounded another lawman during a gun battle and hurled explosives at police in a desperate getaway attempt, authorities said.

Late Friday, less than an hour after authorities lifted the lockdown, they tracked down the younger man holed up in the boat, weakened by a gunshot wound after fleeing on foot from the overnight shootout with police that left 200 spent rounds behind.

The resident who spotted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his boat in his Watertown yard called police, who tried to persuade the suspect to get out of the boat, said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

“He was not communicative,” Davis said.

Instead, he said, there was an exchange of gunfire — the final volley of one of the biggest manhunts in American history.

The violent endgame unfolded just a day after the FBI released surveillance-camera images of two young men suspected of planting the pressure-cooker explosives at the marathon’s finish line, an attack that put the nation on edge for the week.

Watertown residents who had been told Friday morning to stay inside behind locked doors poured out of their homes and lined the streets to cheer police vehicles as they rolled away from the scene.

Celebratory bells rang from a church tower. Teenagers waved American flags. Drivers honked. Every time an emergency vehicle went by, people cheered loudly.

“They finally caught the jerk,” said nurse Cindy Boyle. “It was scary. It was tense.”

Police said three other people were taken into custody for questioning at an off-campus housing complex at the University of the Massachusetts at Dartmouth where the younger man may have lived.

“Tonight, our family applauds the entire law enforcement community for a job well done, and trust that our justice system will now do its job,” said the family of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the bombing.

Queries cascaded in after authorities released the surveillance-camera photos — the FBI website was overwhelmed with 300,000 hits per minute — but what role those played in the overnight clash was unclear. State police spokesman Dave Procopio said police realized they were dealing with the bombing suspects based on what the two men told a carjacking victim during their night of crime.

The search by thousands of law enforcement officers all but shut down the Boston area for much of the day. Officials halted all mass transit, including Amtrak trains to New York, advised businesses not to open and warned close to 1 million people in the city and some of its suburbs to unlock their doors only for uniformed police.

Around midday, the suspects’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni of Montgomery Village, Md., pleaded on television: “Dzhokhar, if you are alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness.”

Until the younger man’s capture, it was looking like a grim day for police. As night fell, they announced that they were scaling back the hunt and lifting the stay-indoors order across the region because they had come up empty-handed.

But then the break came and within a couple of hours, the search was over. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured about a mile from the site of the shootout that killed his brother.

A neighbor described how heavily armed police stormed by her window not long after the lockdown was lifted — the rapid gunfire left her huddled on the bathroom floor on top of her young son.

“I was just waiting for bullets to just start flying everywhere,” Deanna Finn said.

When at last the gunfire died away and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken from the neighborhood in an ambulance, an officer gave Finn a cheery thumbs-up.

“To see the look on his face, he was very, very happy, so that made me very, very happy,” she said.

Authorities said the man dubbed Suspect No. 1 — the one in sunglasses and a dark baseball cap in the surveillance-camera pictures — was Tamerlan Tsarnaev, while Suspect No. 2, the one in a white baseball cap worn backward, was his younger brother.

Chechnya, where the brothers grew up, has been the scene of two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994, in which tens of thousands were killed in heavy Russian bombing. That spawned an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia and the region, although not in the West.

The older brother had strong political views about the United States, said Albrecht Ammon, 18, a downstairs-apartment neighbor in Cambridge. Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as “an excuse for invading other countries.”

Also, the FBI interviewed the older brother at the request of a foreign government in 2011, and nothing derogatory was found, according to a federal law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The official did not identify the foreign country or say why it made the request.

Exactly how the long night of crime began was unclear. But police said the brothers carjacked a man in a Mercedes-Benz in Cambridge, just across the Charles River from Boston, then released him unharmed at a gas station.

They also shot to death a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, while he was responding to a report of a disturbance, investigators said.

The search for the Mercedes led to a chase that ended in Watertown, where authorities said the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police. A transit police officer, 33-year-old Richard Donohue, was shot and critically wounded, authorities said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his already wounded brother as he fled, according to two law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. At some point, he abandoned his car and ran away on foot.

The brothers had built an arsenal of pipe bombs, grenades and improvised explosive devices and used some of the weapons in trying to make their getaway, said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Watertown resident Kayla Dipaolo said she was woken up overnight by gunfire and a large explosion that sounded “like it was right next to my head ... and shook the whole house.”

“It was very scary,” she said. “There are two bullet holes in the side of my house, and by the front door there is another.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev had studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school said. He was married with a young daughter.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was registered as a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Students said he was on campus this week after the Boston Marathon bombing. The campus closed down Friday along with colleges around the Boston area.

The men’s father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said in a telephone interview with the AP from the Russian city of Makhachkala that his younger son, Dzhokhar, is “a true angel.” He said his son was studying medicine.

“He is such an intelligent boy,” the father said. “We expected him to come on holidays here.”

A man who said he knew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Krystle Campbell, the 29-year-old restaurant manager killed in Monday’s bombing, said he was glad Dzhokhar had survived.

“I didn’t want to lose more than one friend,” Marvin Salazar said.

“Why Jahar?” he asked, using Tsarnaev’s nickname. “I want to know answers. That’s the most important thing. And I think I speak for almost all America. Why the Boston Marathon? Why this year? Why Jahar?”

Two years ago, the city of Cambridge awarded Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a $2,500 scholarship. At the time, he was a senior at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, a highly regarded public school whose alumni include Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

Tsarni, the men’s uncle, said the brothers traveled here together from Russia. He called his nephews “losers” and said they had struggled to settle in the U.S. and ended up “thereby just hating everyone.”

Sullivan and Associated Press writers Stephen Braun, Jack Gillum and Pete Yost reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Mike Hill, Katie Zezima, Pat Eaton-Robb and Steve LeBlanc in Boston, Rodrique Ngowi in Watertown, Mass. and Jeff Donn in Cambridge, Mass., contributed to this report.

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false wrote:
Is the dead man going to "framed" even if he is innocent as regards to the marathon tragedy? That way the "official" story is case closed.
on April 18,2013 | 11:10PM
808warriorfan wrote:
Are the authorities certain that the dead individual is one of the "suspects" ?????
on April 18,2013 | 11:11PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yes ,808 I can confirm that! He's #1...white cap. Cousin in Boston told me.
on April 18,2013 | 11:20PM
Skyler wrote:
"Blackhat" was killed in shootout; "white hat" - his brother, is thought to be dead but they're checking him out now... "FBI just asked for a guy with a shield."
on April 19,2013 | 02:37PM
Skyler wrote:
Suspect in custody... perhaps not dead after all... curiouser & curiouser...
on April 19,2013 | 02:43PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The naked suspect that was handcuff and paraded to the world was released..his alas okole and fuzz was on CNN. He did look "olive skin". Well he was released with a pat on the backside.....CNN. Boston police,,,,,lawsuit.
on April 18,2013 | 11:18PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
The naked man in handcuff on CNN, was released.
on April 18,2013 | 11:19PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
on April 18,2013 | 11:57PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Commander OBAMA, High Five!!! We gotta um!! Damn these terrorist should Neva fool with the Big O. He' ll hunt U down and bring u in! Great leadership. What did you tell the Task Group that night! Like a coach sending the team in for the second half.
on April 18,2013 | 11:27PM
palani wrote:
There are a lot of emerging questions about whether either of these islamic terrorists were on Homeland Security's watch list. At least one of them visited his Chechnyan father for six months last year, and posted radical jihadist videos on his Facebook and social media pages. Had he been a "tea party" or second amendment activist, I'm sure that Janet Napolitano would have placed him under intense surveillance.

I wouldn't get too excited about the "great leadership" of the messiah just yet, NanakuiBoss.

on April 19,2013 | 02:12PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
You should be ashamed. It's ridiculous to use this slaughter to further an obtuse political point.
on April 19,2013 | 04:16PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
It was the Caucasus!
on April 19,2013 | 02:15AM
808comp wrote:
One bad guy off the streets. Sorry for the officer that got killed though.
on April 19,2013 | 03:17AM
Maili2 wrote:
Yeah me too. How sad that he had to go and how brave he was. I hope they have a real nice ceremony for that brother. He done good.
on April 19,2013 | 04:15PM
Maili2 wrote:
Wake up Daddy, your boy is no angel, he's a cold blooded killer.
on April 19,2013 | 04:06AM
RichardCory wrote:
"...brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings." Was it really necessary to drag Islam into this despite there not being any evidence yet that these two guys are even Muslims? Way to promote more fear and hatred of Islam for no reason whatsoever.
on April 19,2013 | 04:17AM
Mana07 wrote:
You, my friend, need to wake up.
on April 19,2013 | 04:56AM
pandadaddy wrote:
Fear and hatred will keep us from being victimized over and over. In Sweden, 2% of the population is Muslim and 98% of terrorist related crimes are committed by Muslim extremist. You can decide how trusting you want to be, but I'm not letting my guard down.
on April 19,2013 | 05:00AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on April 19,2013 | 07:18AM
sayer wrote:
Obviously there are many peace-loving Muslims who would decry such horrible violence. But is there a faction of seemingly mainstream Muslims who silently support it? I don't know. I just know I had a very close friend who worked with a local Muslim lady - the Muslim lady seemed so sweet and motherly. Right after 9/11, she refused to denounce the attacks saying, "You have to see it from their point of view."
on April 19,2013 | 02:42PM
Maili2 wrote:
Whoa, that's a dangerous point of view of that lady. I bet there's lots of people like that.
on April 19,2013 | 04:17PM
Heinbear wrote:
I agree political correctness is really getting in the way of the war on terror!
on April 19,2013 | 04:44PM
Allenk wrote:
Story said that both brothers were from an area where Islamic worshippers were persecuted. It sounds like they sympathized with the Islamists, but were having a difficult time adjusting to life in the U.S. But it doesn't give one an excuse to make bombs and take out your frustration on innocent people.
on April 19,2013 | 05:03PM
Mana07 wrote:
Regardless of where they're from...let's not dance around what they are...ISLAMIC EXTREMIST
on April 19,2013 | 04:56AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The U.S. were on the side of Islamic extremists in Afghanistan during the 1980's. Reagan called them "freedom fighters". (The U.S. was on the wrong side).
on April 19,2013 | 05:33AM
pakeheat wrote:
I guess it took about 30 years to find out we were on the wrong side?
on April 19,2013 | 07:30AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Politics dictates that you take and pay for allies when it suits you. After they no longer serve a purpose or become an embarassment, you invade and get rid of them. Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan are all cases in point. We put the Diem brothers in power, we took them down. We put the shah in power and looked the other way when the people revolted against his extravagance. We supported Hussein when we needed stability in the Middle East, but called him tyrant when he overstepped his bounds and invaded Kuwait. For years, we covertly supported the Taliban and bin Laden in their war with occupying Russian forces, but when bin Laden turned about and named U.S. the great devil nation, we took him out. Nothing new. World politics has always made for strange bedfellows.
on April 19,2013 | 07:49AM
hanalei395 wrote:
And Russian Afghanistan vets must be laughing their ........off.
on April 19,2013 | 08:12AM
Maili2 wrote:
Too true.
on April 19,2013 | 04:18PM
hanalei395 wrote:
The U.S. took the side with Islamic terrorists to destroy communism in Afghanistan. The Afghan Communist government and the Russians lost. And the Islamic terrorists and the U.S. won.
on April 19,2013 | 07:59AM
hanalei395 wrote:
The People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan built schools and hospitals especially for Afghan women, and were encouraged not to wear the full-body burqa. With almost 10 years of fighting, the Russians gave up and went home, completing their withdrawal Feb. 15, 1989. And with Islamic fighters advancing on Kabul, the Afghan army surrendered and Communist Pres. Najibullah resigned, April 16, 1992. He was later tortured, then hanged. And the schools and hospitals built for Afghan women by the Communist government, closed down.
on April 19,2013 | 10:27AM
false wrote:
What is America doing to deserve such hatred?
on April 19,2013 | 05:48AM
hanalei395 wrote:
One of Ronald Reagan's "freedom fighter" in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden, (the "freedom fighters" received from the U.S. billions of $$$$, high-tech weapons, etc.) ......paid the U.S. back with 9/11.
on April 19,2013 | 06:03AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
Don't let what you dont see, (POLITICS) blind you into believing that they are targetting us for no reason. Countries have battled over political issues for centuries and this is no different. The fact that they bring difference of religion, another factor for war, into the picture dosent help. That coupled with them being extremist makes for a chaotic state no matter where countries lie in this world.
on April 19,2013 | 06:12AM
Morimoto wrote:
If you have to ask that question you're totally ignorant. You may not agree with the reasons, but there are plenty of reasons America is hated throughout the world, as well as reasons America is loved by many throughout the world.
on April 19,2013 | 10:19AM
Grimbold wrote:
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on April 19,2013 | 07:15AM
false wrote:
Always complaining about immigrants, Grimbold. This time, white Europeans no? Too bad, not the brown or black skinned ones you probably hoped they were. How narrow minded and one issue you are.
on April 19,2013 | 10:36PM
Changalang wrote:
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on April 19,2013 | 08:38AM
sayer wrote:
You are so correct about the nation building being the wrong away to go about the war on terror. It's ridiculous and it's also bankrupting our nation. Same on Pakistan.
on April 19,2013 | 02:45PM
Tarakian wrote:
Muslim, They are Muslim, the two brothers. The terrorist are Muslim, most terrorist acts are committed by Muslims. American Muslims need to come forward and make their allegiance known and condemn this terrorist act. Just like in WWII, when our proud American Japanese civilians denounced the bombing of Pearl Harbor and proudly demonstrated their allegiance to this country and joined the military to help win the war against Japan and Germany.
on April 19,2013 | 09:33AM
sayer wrote:
I agree! If they don't want to be associated with such horrible acts of terror, they should CLEARLY and LOUDLY denounce such violence against innocent people and make it clear that they don't in any way sympathize with or condone such acts of terror.
on April 19,2013 | 02:46PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Have you Googled "Muslims against terrorism" lately?
on April 19,2013 | 03:12PM
Allenk wrote:
The odd thing is that the brothers seemed to have lived here long enough to be assimilated into American culture. All of the other partial interviews from other people stated that the brothers seemed to be upstanding citizens, hard working, and while not overly jovial - pleasant enough to be around. For goodness sake, the younger one won an academic scholarship!
on April 19,2013 | 05:09PM
IAmSane wrote:
Wouldn't matter if they said it "clearly and loudly" enough. There have been plenty of denouncements for the last few days, and on other occasions when things like this have happened. They can denounce until they go blue in the face, but people who want to ignore it will ignore it.
on April 19,2013 | 05:43PM
Maili2 wrote:
Good point Tarakian. A show of support from American Muslims for the people killed in this awful horror show should be their first priority right now. I don't see that but maybe I don't look the right places.
on April 19,2013 | 04:19PM
control wrote:
So you're saying members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) were muslims when they blew up English targets?
on April 19,2013 | 08:00PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
What is the difference between ordering the city to "shelter in place", "remain in doors" and "stay off the street" and Martial Law? When one guy can cause an entire city to shut down, the bad guys have won. New game plan for our enemies - cripple cities with just one or two guys and some pressure cookers. It's actually scary to see the incredible extent, expense and overkill the government goes to catch a 19 year old kid.
on April 19,2013 | 11:54AM
mrluke wrote:
Your last sentence is one of the most incredibly !d!otic statements I've ever read. He's a 19 year-old murderer who was willing to murder ANYONE else who stood in his way.
on April 19,2013 | 07:19PM
Toop_Minaki wrote:
Hmmm...After all the activity over the past few days, someone is now conspicuously absent here.
on April 19,2013 | 12:22PM
Skyler wrote:
2nd suspect is believed dead. Officers are 'standing down' @ 2100 GMT.
on April 19,2013 | 02:32PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Ran over his own wounded brother? I guess this "angel" threw his own brother under the bus to save his own worthless skin.
on April 19,2013 | 02:58PM
primo1 wrote:
It was a Mercedes...
on April 19,2013 | 03:26PM
aomohoa wrote:
I can only imagine the relief the people of Boston may feel at this moment.
on April 19,2013 | 03:17PM
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on April 19,2013 | 03:59PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Good Job All LEOs of Boston,Mass.
on April 19,2013 | 04:16PM
hon2255 wrote:
Send him to the shark tank and nature do it's thing
on April 19,2013 | 04:30PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
If in some strange twist of events he is proven in court to not be the bomber, he will still get the needle for what he did to the cop. Too bad the taxpayers have to patch him up, send him to trial and feed him before the injection is administered. Thank god this happened there and not here - we would be feeding him for the rest of his life. The cost of that for a 19 year old does exceed the cost of a death penalty trial...
on April 19,2013 | 04:33PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I can't believe that in this day and age of cameras and advance DNA testing, people still do things that they regret.
on April 19,2013 | 04:56PM
mrluke wrote:
How wrong and naive you are. He doesn't regret a d@mn thing!
on April 19,2013 | 07:16PM
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