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04/19/2013 09:58 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Police Shootout With Suspected Boston Bombers In Watertown Caught On Camera (VIDEO)

The two suspects wanted for the Boston Marathon bombings engaged in an explosive shootout with police overnight Thursday and into Friday in Watertown, Mass. The incident left Suspect 1 dead.

Authorities launched an investigation after news broke that an MIT police officer, identified later as Sean Collier, 26, had been shot and killed on Thursday. Around 1:20 a.m. Friday, CNN had live coverage of a firefight between police and the two suspects -- identified later as brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev -- in the Boston suburb of Watertown.

CNN reported the suspects were driving a car they had hijacked in Cambridge. They shot at officers and threw explosives out of this vehicle during the chase. Officers shot back, resulting in a firefight.

Some residents in the area were awoken by sounds of gunshots and were able to capture video of the shootout on their camera phones. Multiple videos later appeared on YouTube.

During the shootout, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, is still at large.

More from the AP:

From Watertown to Cambridge, police surrounded various buildings as they searched for Suspect No. 2. Around 8:30 a.m., officers sprinted toward a house in Watertown, and reporters were pushed back more than a block as helicopters buzzed overhead. SWAT teams, FBI agents and armored vehicles assembled at the scene as sharpshooters across the street trained their guns at the house.

"We believe this man to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people."

The bombings on Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, tearing off limbs in a spray of shrapnel and instantly raising the specter of another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

04/20/2013 11:12 PM EDT

How Investigators Found The Suspects

The Washington Post has published a long account of investigators' exhaustive efforts to find the Boston Marathon suspects using mountains of video footage and photographs, as well as other leads. An excerpt:

Quickly, the authorities secured a warehouse in Boston’s Seaport district and filled the sprawling space: On half of the vast floor, hundreds of pieces of bloody clothes were laid out to dry so they could be examined for forensic clues or flown to FBI labs at Quantico in Prince William County for testing. In the other half of the room, more than a dozen investigators sifted through hundreds of hours of video, looking for people “doing things that are different from what everybody else is doing,” Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said in an interview Saturday. The work was painstaking and mind-numbing: One agent watched the same segment of video 400 times.

Read the whole thing here.

04/20/2013 10:46 PM EDT

CBS News: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev May Have Tried To Commit Suicide

CBS News reports that Boston bombing suspect captured on Friday night suffered at least two bullet wounds, and that one of them may be evidence that he tried to end his own life.

The bullet wound to the neck, which has an exit wound in the back of the 19-year-old’s neck, “is very possibly a suicide attempt,” said Miller, a former assistant director at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Read the whole report here.

04/20/2013 10:39 PM EDT

Two Friends Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Taken Back Into Custody

The Daily News reports:

The two men, known to neighbors by their first names Azmat and Diaz — who share a black BMW SUV adorned with a novelty license plate that reads “Terrorista #1” — were cuffed and hauled out of their Carriage Dr. apartment shortly before 4 p.m.

The apparent arrests occurred about 30-45 minutes after authorities with the FBI, ICE and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security descended on the Hidden Brook Apartment complex.

Read more here.

04/20/2013 10:31 PM EDT

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Trip To Dagestan

The Guardian has an account of the dead bombing suspect's 2012 voyage to Dagestan, a small, troubled region of Russia where he had once lived:

According to US travel records, Tsarnaev arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on 12 January, returning on 17 July. He spent time in Makhachkala that summer. "It was 40C and he was wearing these American boots," said Larissa Abakarova, who maintains a shop across the street from the home of the parents of Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, who was arrested late on Friday. "He was stylish, kind, good-looking. I'm in shock."

Read the whole thing here.

04/20/2013 9:07 PM EDT

New Details Of Thursday Night Chaos

The Washington Post has a new story that fills in many details of the Tsarnaev brothers' bloody path to Watertown, including their murder of an MIT Cop:

Just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, the pair walked up to a parked police car at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Sean Collier, a 26-year-old campus officer, was nearing the end of his 3-to-11 p.m. shift.

A security camera would later show two men approaching the car and speaking to the officer. Abruptly, one of the men was seen pulling a gun and shooting Collier multiple times, including once in the head. Some officers concluded that the shooting was an effort to provoke a larger confrontation with police.

“They were looking to start something,” one official said.

Read the whole thing here.

04/20/2013 8:07 PM EDT

Older Brother, Uncle Had Falling Out Over Islam

From the AP:

Ruslan Tsarni says he grew concerned about Tamerlan Tsarnaev (tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) when he told him in a 2009 phone conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school. Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.

04/20/2013 7:33 PM EDT

Dead Bombing Suspect Wounded 'From Head To Toe'

A doctor involved in treating the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a gunbattle with police says he had injuries head to toe and all limbs intact when he arrived at the hospital.

Dr. David Schoenfeld said 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was unconscious and had so many penetrating wounds when he arrived at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center early Friday that it isn't clear which ones killed him, and a medical examiner will have to determine the cause of death.

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04/20/2013 6:46 PM EDT

Neil Diamond Sings 'Sweet Caroline' At Emotional Red Sox Game

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04/20/2013 6:27 PM EDT

A Key Turning Point In The Investigation

The New York Times reports that the decision to release the photos of the marathon bombing suspects to the public was a major turning point in the investigation.

The authorities knew that broadly distributing the images — some captured by ubiquitous surveillance cameras and cellphone snapshots and winnowed down using sophisticated facial-recognition software — would accelerate the digital dragnet, but they did not realize the level of chaos it would create.

Intelligence and law enforcement officials said the authorities in Boston weighed the risks of some mayhem against their growing fear that time was slipping away and that heavily armed and increasingly dangerous men, and possibly accomplices, could wage new attacks in the Boston area or beyond.

Read the rest here.

04/20/2013 6:24 PM EDT

Map Of Boston's Reaction To The Bombing On Twitter

Syracuse University Professor Anthony Rotolo and student Andrew Bauer mapped 200 of the tweets sent out from Boston in the hours right after the marathon bombing, creating an interactive portrait of the city's reaction to Monday's horrifying events.

See the map here.

(h/t Mashable)

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