Boston Manhunt Comes to an End in Watertown, MA

Updated 1 year ago

The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday night, bringing to an end a massive manhunt that virtually shut down the Massachusetts capital amid warnings the man was possibly armed with explosives.Law enforcement officials say that authorities have confirmed the man in custody is 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who escaped a shootout with police in suburban Watertown that left his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev — the other man wanted in the bombings — dead.The younger Tsarnaev was in need of undisclosed medical care, the officials said.The arrest came less than a week after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, shocking the nation and leaving a city on edge.Tsarnaev was cornered late Friday on a boat in a yard of Watertown, a suburb of Boston.Authorities “engaged” Tsarnaev just minutes after authorities indicated a manhunt for the suspect appeared to come up empty.Witnesses heard about two dozen gunshots fired, but it was not clear if the shots were fired by the suspect, authorities or both. A number of small explosions, believed to be stun grenades, also were heard.Authorities, using a bullhorn, called on the suspect to surrender: “Come out with your hands up.”The development came after authorities cast a wide net for the suspect that virtually shut down the Massachusetts capital amid warnings the man was possibly armed with explosives.Gov. Deval Patrick has lifted an order that confined an estimated one million residents to their homes, urging people to “remain vigilant.”


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