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Friday, April 19, 2013

Police chase after Marathon terror suspects in suburban Boston

An MIT campus police officer is dead and one suspect in the Marathon terror attack is in custody while another is still on the loose, after the suspects led police on a wild chase through Cambridge and Watertown (sounds from the article like the area where I do much of my shopping in Boston) (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
One suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings has been apprehended, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation. Another remains on the loose in Watertown after a firefight with police. Authorities have established a 20-block perimeter as they search for him.
A scene of chaos descended on Cambridge and Watertown late Thursday night and early Friday morning, as police confirmed an MIT police officer was shot and killed, and an apparent carjacking led police on a wild chase into Watertown.
Witnesses in Watertown said they heard explosions. Police officers were screaming about improvised explosive devices.
Authorities would not comment on whether the events were connected to Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings. At least one of the suspects in Watertown appeared to be a man in his 20s.
 Dozens of police officers descended on Watertown Square after midnight.
A combination of closeups of the two suspects in the Marathon bombings.
A combination of closeups of the two suspects in the Marathon bombings.
“This is still extremely dangerous,” an FBI agent said. The Cambridge bomb squad arrived in Watertown shortly after 1:30 a.m.
A man in handcuffs was being questioned by the FBI in the back of an ambulance.
At Arsenal Court and Arsenal Street in Watertown, an officer bellowed: “Ya gotta get outta here. There’s an active shooter here with an active explosive. Go!”
A breaking report on the Boston Globe's home page now says that a transit police officer is being treated for gunshot wounds.

It sounds like the MIT officer chanced on the carjacking and wasn't on the lookout for anything in particular. Ouch.

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