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April 19, 2013 in World News

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Boston marathon suspect arrest

after machine gun and grenade battle in the suburbs

 

 

  • Boston marathon bomber suspect reportedly apprehended – another on the loose
  • Massive gun battle fought between two men and dozens of police in the Watertown suburb of Boston
  • Reports that explosives and grenades were used in desperate firefight
  • Drama began just before 11 p.m. on Thursday evening when a campus police officer at MIT was shot dead
  • A car chase then unfolded across the city – believed to be in a hijacked 2013 black Mercedes

 

One of the Boston bombing suspects was in custody this morning and another on the loose after a dramatic shootout in the suburbs of the city.

Explosions and machine gun fire rocked the Watertown area hours after a police officer was shot dead on the MIT campus.

The city descended into chaos on Friday morning as police dramatically held a suspect at gunpoint after multiple shots and explosions were heard in the suburb of Watertown

The drama unfolded hours after the FBI released images of two men named as suspects in the deadly Boston marathon attacks and the Boston Globe has said the two men involved in this evenings shoot-out are those same men.

Police screamed at reporters on the scene to turn off phones ‘if they want to live’ as they hunted for the suspects – fearful that explosives could be remotely detonated.

Dozens of police officers, FBI agents, national guard, K-9 units and SWAT teams rushed to Watertown after midnight after a reported car chase involving two suspects in a black 2013 Mercedes.

Drama: The dramatic moment a suspect was arrested at gunpoint by police in Watertown after reports of a gun battle and explosions
Drama: The dramatic moment a suspect was arrested at gunpoint by police in Watertown after reports of a gun battle and explosions
Chaotic: This was the hurried scene at Watertown - a suburb of Boston after a campus police officer was gunned down at MIT
Chaotic: This was the hurried scene at Watertown – a suburb of Boston after a campus police officer was gunned down at MIT

 

Witnesses reported hearing explosions and gunfire as the police apparently engaged the two men and local television footage showed one man lying spread out on the ground, with his arms out, surrounded by police.

However, it is now thought thought that this man is not one of the suspects wanted by law enforcement.

Police officials would not discuss the incident with reporters. 

When asked for information on the incident, Boston police spokeswoman Neva Coakley frantically told MailOnline, ‘I don’t know anything… I don’t know anything at this point.’

An officer at the Waterdown police department responded similarly to questions about the incident, saying only, ‘They are out in the street, that’s all I know,’ before hanging up the phone.

 

One suspect is reportedly is still on the run and another has been taken to Beth Israel hospital in Boston – their injuries are not clear.

It is not clear at this time if the Watertown engagement, the MIT shooting and the Boston marathon bombings are connected.

At 10:48 PM on Thursday night, shots were reported fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
At 10:48 PM on Thursday night, shots were reported fired on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts

As the battle raged, police urged everyone to stay inside of their homes. The area is still considered extremely dangerous.

Law enforcement were reportedly searching for a black 2013 black Mercedes vehicle which a suspect is driving. 

Initial reports suggest that one suspect is in custody and a police officer has been injured.

Earlier – Cambridge police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s office confirmed an officer was shot dead responding to a report of a disturbance when he was fired upon multiple times. 

He later died at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio says the shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building.

Procopio says authorities are searching for a suspect or suspects. No arrests have been made.

MIT police, Cambridge police and state police are involved in the investigation.

About 11,000 people attend the prestigious school.

The campus website said police were sweeping the campus and urged people to stay indoors. 

 

In a statement issued to the press, law enforcement officials said that no arrests have been made in the shooting and the search for a suspect or suspects is ongoing.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston issued an emergency alert at 10.48 p.m. on Thursday night reporting that shots had been fired putting an officer was down and that a shooter was on the run.

Massachusetts State Police, Cambridge Police and MIT Police search at the scene of the shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday evening
Massachusetts State Police, Cambridge Police and MIT Police search at the scene of the shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Police Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday evening

 

MIT police were investigating the shooting and had issued a campus-wide emergency alert. Massachusetts State Police and Cambridge police said they were assisting in the investigation
MIT police were investigating the shooting and had issued a campus-wide emergency alert. Massachusetts State Police and Cambridge police said they were assisting in the investigation

It has been reported that a ‘Hispanic looking man’ took the officer’s weapon from him before firing on him.

MIT posted this alert to their website

‘At 10:48 PM today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies. 

‘The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred.. Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous, an investigation is underway. 

‘Updates will be provided at this site when more information becomes available.’

The injured officer was from MIT Police and was being taken to Mass. General Hospital where he is currently in a critical condition.

According to the University¿s website, a call came in at 10:48 PM (local time) reporting gunfire near Building 32, Stata Center
According to the campus website, a call came in at 10:48 PM (local time) reporting gunfire near Building 32, Stata CenterThe campus newspaper ‘The Tech’ posted to Twitter, ‘Shots fired near 32 Vassar St (Stata Center), police officer down. Please stay inside.’Massachusetts State Police initially said the officer has suffered ‘life-threatening injuries.’ He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.The District Attorney’s office in Boston later confirmed the officer had passed away.The school is describing the situation as ‘active and extremely dangerous.’ – and FBI agents have been witnessed at the scene.Boston has been on edge after two bombs ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injured 183 more.

 

The MIT police chief confirms one of his officers was shot. Massachusetts State Police say the officer has suffered ¿life-threatening injuries.¿
The MIT police chief confirms one of his officers was shot. Massachusetts State Police say the officer has suffered life-threatening injuries

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Boston marathon bombing suspect killed after shoot-out:

Second  still on run after gun battle that left police officer dead

  • Terrorist dubbed ‘Suspect 1′ killed after explosions and machine gun fire rocked Boston suburb of Watertown 
  • Manhunt for ‘Suspect 2′ who was seen on CCTV wearing a white baseball cap as police name him a ‘terrorist’
  • Police chief: ‘Terrorist on the loose who wants to kill people – do not open your door’
  • Police officer critically wounded in exchange of gunfire after suspects threw explosives during car chase 
  • Boston in chaos as Police officer shot dead on MIT campus
  • Both men are wanted over Monday’s Boston marathon bombings which killed three people and injured over 180
  • FBI released multiple images and three videos of two men designated as ‘suspect one’ and ‘suspect two’
  • Investigators believe they planted explosive devices at two locations along the finishing line of the race
  • Suspects walked away from the scene ‘pretty casually,’ federal official says
  • David Green, a Florida man running the marathon, released a clearer photograph of a man closely resembling the suspect identified by the FBI Suspect Number Two 
  • Investigators now suspect the bomb was set off remotely, official says

 

One of the Boston bombing suspects is dead and the second is on the loose and said to be ‘armed and dangerous’ after a dramatic shootout in the suburbs of the city.

The terrorist, dubbed ‘Suspect 1′ by the FBI, died in hospital after explosions and machine gun fire rocked the Watertown area hours after a police officer was shot dead at the nearby MIT campus.

Police warned the other, named ‘Suspect 2′, who was seen on CCTV wearing a white baseball cap was now on the run, adding: ‘There is a terrorist on the loose who wants to kill people – do not open your door’.

Police say a transit police officer has been critically wounded in the exchange of gunfire with the suspects.

Boston Police Chief Ed Davis tweeted: ‘One suspect dead. One at large. Armed and dangerous. White hat suspect at large.’ 

Boston descended into chaos on Friday morning as police dramatically held a suspect at gunpoint after multiple shots and explosions were heard in the suburb of Watertown.

The drama unfolded hours after the FBI released images of two men named as suspects in the deadly Boston marathon attacks and the Boston Globe has said the two men involved in this evenings shoot-out are those same men.

Are these the bombers? The shoot-out came hours after the FBI released this image of the suspects as they hunted two 'armed and extremely dangerous' men

Are these the bombers? The shoot-out came hours after the FBI released this image of the suspects as they hunted two ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ men

A new image of 'Suspect 2' in the Boston bombings
Suspect 1 Up Close

Armed and dangerous: Police are hunting for the terrorist dubbed ‘Suspect 2′ (left) after he went on the run following a firefight in the Watertown suburb of Boston. The other, named ‘Suspect 1′ (right) died in hospital after the gun battle

 

Armed and ready: Police officers aim their weapons as they close in on two suspects in the Boston bombings after a university officer at MIT was shot dead on campusArmed and ready: Police officers aim their weapons as they close in on two suspects in the Boston bombings after a university officer at MIT was shot dead on campus

Gun battle: Police officers draw weapons from behind a car during a dramatic shoot-out with two of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombingsGun battle: Police officers draw weapons from behind a car during a dramatic shoot-out with two of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings

Vigilant: Police officers stand in a shopping mall as the search for the 'Suspect 1' continues Vigilant: Police officers stand in a shopping mall as the search for the ‘Suspect 1′ continues

 

Police screamed at reporters on the scene to turn off phones ‘if they want to live’ as they hunted for the suspects – fearful that improvised explosives could be remotely detonated.

Dozens of police officers, FBI agents, national guard, K-9 units and SWAT teams rushed to Watertown after midnight after a reported car chase involving the two suspects in a black 2013 Mercedes.

Police say the two suspects discharged several explosives at police from the vehicle during the pursuit. 

According to eyewitness reports, two men believed to be in their early twenties engaged in a furious gun fight with dozens of police on a backstreet of Watertown.

 

Andrew Kitzenburg spoke to the New York Times about the view he had from his third floor window as he saw two men in jackets shooting at at least 10 police from behind a black Mercedes SUV.

The gun battle was being waged 70 yards apart and Mr. Kitzenburg said that the two men and police were engaged in ‘constant gunfire’.

Suddenly a police SUV ‘drove towards the shooters’ and was fired upon until it was damaged and rolled to the side of the road, crashing into two cars in his driveway.

Hunt: Police officers with their weapons out search for a suspect on the streets of Watertown Hunt: Police officers with their weapons out search for a suspect on the streets of Watertown

 

Alert: A police officers rides in the back of a van with his weapons out following a tense night of police activityAlert: A police officers rides in the back of a van with his weapons out following a tense night of police activity

 

Link: It's not clear whether the incident which unfolded tonight is related to the Boston bombing on Monday Link: It’s not clear whether the incident which unfolded tonight is related to the Boston bombing on Monday

False alarm: A man lies spread out on the ground as police trains their weapons on him, however it is thought he is not of the suspectsFalse alarm: A man lies spread out on the ground as police trains their weapons on him, however it is thought he is not of the suspects

Dramatically, Mr. Kitzenburg said the two gunmen then threw a large bomb, ‘They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most.

The unknown device did explode and at that point, one of the men ran towards the gathered police officers and was tackled – it is not clear from Mr. Kitzenburg if he was shot or not.

Then suddenly, the other man returned to his SUV and drove towards police officers and ‘put pedal to the metal’.

The car ‘went right through the cops, broke right through and continued west.’

Mr Kitzenburg said that the two men had left backpacks by the car and that a police bomb robot was currently dealing with the devices.

Police have told all residents to remain in their homes while they clear the area.

 

Shoot out: According to eyewitness reports, two men believed to be in their early twenties engaged in a furious gun fight with dozens of police on a backstreet of WatertownShoot out: According to eyewitness reports, two men believed to be in their early twenties engaged in a furious gun fight with dozens of police on a backstreet of Watertown

 

Massachusetts State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio said that they believe multiple possible explosive devices were used against police tonight during this incident at WatertownMassachusetts State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio said that they believe multiple possible explosive devices were used against police tonight during this incident at Watertown

 VIDEO  Man caught in crossfire as police search for Massachusetts Institute of Technology shooting suspect 

 Police order man to ground outside MIT

The shoot-out came hours after the FBI released images and video of the Boston bombing suspects as they launched a hunt for two ‘armed and extremely dangerous’ men.

The images show them walking in single file toward the finishing line of the race around 13 minutes before the twin detonations.

Hours after the initial photos were made public, investigators released close-up shots this morning of the two suspects that more clearly show the men’s faces.

Suspect Number One was wearing a black baseball hat, a dark hooded jacket and khaki pants. Suspect Number Two was wearing a white basketball cap on backwards and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The FBI made no mention of the men’s height, weight or age range and would not discuss the men’s ethnicity.

‘It would be inappropriate to comment on the ethnicity of the men because it could lead people down the wrong path potentially,’ said FBI agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI office.

The information on the first suspect was developed within a day or so before its release, DesLauriers said. Agent Daniel Curtin said the FBI did not issue the photos earlier because authorities wanted to be meticulous: ‘It’s important to get it right.’

And according to FBI sources who have spoken to CNN, still unreleased footage reveals that the suspects stayed at the scene to watch the devastation the two blasts created.

‘When the bombs blow up, when most people are running away and victims were lying on the ground, the two suspects walk away pretty casually,’ said the official to CNN, who has seen the unreleased video.

‘They acted differently than everyone else,’ he added.

Stand-off: A police officer trains his weapon as chaos descends on Boston after multiple shots and explosions were heard in the suburb of WatertownStand-off: A police officer trains his weapon as chaos descends on Boston after multiple shots and explosions were heard in the suburb of Watertown

On alert: Police search neighborhoods yard by yard after a chase and shoot-out with two heavily armed men following the shooting of an MIT police officerOn alert: Police search neighborhoods yard by yard after a chase and shoot-out with two heavily armed men following the shooting of an MIT police officer

Manhunt: Dozens of police officers, FBI agents, national guard and SWAT teams rushed to Watertown after a car chase involving two suspects in a black MercedesManhunt: Dozens of police officers, FBI agents, national guard and SWAT teams rushed to Watertown after a car chase involving two suspects in a black Mercedes

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