Heavily armed FBI and police SWAT teams combed through Watertown, Mass. in a massive manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Video: YouTube/Scott Sassone, YouTube/David Tamang.
WATERTOWN, Mass.—Authorities Friday arrested a 19-year-old college student suspected in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, following a manhunt that for a full day had paralyzed a metropolis.
Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents converged on a house here around 7 p.m., officials said. Before taking him into custody nearly two hours later, authorities exchanged gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a boat, covered in blood, by a resident checking on his backyard.
Police said Mr. Tsarnaev had been wounded in an early-morning firefight with police. They said it was unclear if he suffered additional injuries in the shootout at the boat.
“CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over,” tweeted the Boston Police Department. “The search is done. The terror is over.”
Associated PressA police officer in Boston was cheered after bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended on Friday.
Mr. Tsarnaev is one of two brothers alleged to have exploded two homemade bombs at the marathon Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 175. He was taken to a hospital and listed in serious condition.
Neighborhood residents cheered police after the arrest. An officer said, “God Bless America” over a megaphone as police vehicles ferried away Mr. Tsarnaev. “We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy,” said President Barack Obama, after the capture was announced.
The arrest capped a violent overnight spree that began with the fatal shooting of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and included a police chase through Boston suburbs. The brothers, carrying an arsenal of explosives, fled police before dawn Friday in a stolen Mercedes and hurled pipe bombs in a firefight with police, which left one officer injured.
The older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, wearing what appeared to be an explosive vest, was shot by police and died shortly after, while the younger brother narrowly escaped—after first running over Tamerlan’s body with the Mercedes, officials said.
Authorities gave no indication of what motivated the brothers. Their family roots stretch to the Russian republic of Chechnya, which has been a wellspring of terrorism over the years.
The FBI in 2011 had interviewed the older brother, Tamerlan, at the request of the Russian government but found nothing suspicious, a U.S. official said Friday.
Friends said the two brothers, especially Dzhokhar, had settled comfortably into U.S. society. He was enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The brothers, who lived in Cambridge, Mass., had escaped notice for three days after Monday‘s bombings. Late Thursday, the FBI released pictures and videos taken from security cameras near the marathon’s finish line.
Broad release of the images apparently triggered a chaotic getaway attempt by the brothers, who arrived separately in the U.S., one around 2002 and the other in 2003 or 2004.
“Releasing that video really expedited things. People actually did recognize them,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. “That moved things along more quickly, to the point they decided they had to get out of town.”
Political fights largely were sidelined during the hunt for the bombers. But on Friday evening, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), via his Twitter account, suggested the White House consider holding the suspect in military custody. President Obama has ordered that U.S. citizens such as the younger Mr. Tsarnaev who are accused of terror offenses should face trial in civilian courts.
Police officers walked near the crime scene Friday.
Associated PressThis photo released by the FBI shows a suspect that officials identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
FBI Releases Photos of Suspects
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