Second Suspect in Boston Marathon Bombing Captured Alive But Wounded


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was captured last night. He was engaged in a fire fight by the FBI last night as he was held up in a boat at a house and was wounded in the hand and head and taken to Beth-Israel hospital where he was said to be in serious condition. Dozens of police are patrolling the hospital to maintain security.

The local Boston affiliate of CBS reports,

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The standoff began just before 7 p.m., minutes after Massachusetts State Police announced that they had completed their door-to-door search in Watertown without locating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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A homeowner on Franklin Street went into his yard after being inside all day. According to police, he noticed a rip in the tarp that covered his boat and saw blood on the boat. Upon looking inside, he saw a man covered in blood.

The homeowner then called 911.

According to CBS News’ John Miller, three Boston police officers responded to the yard and saw the bloody suspect. Before they could call for backup, the suspect popped up from the boat and opened fire.

Officers returned fire. It is unclear if Tsarnaev was injured in that exchange, or if all of his injuries were sustained in a gunfight early Friday morning in another Watertown neighborhood.

At 8:31pm Boston.com reported via Twitter that three people had been taken into custody in New Bedford as part of the ongoing investigation.

Minutes later the Boston Police Department tweeted out that the suspect was in custody and that the area was being swept.

A helicopter overhead reportedly used a thermal camera to confirm that there was a person inside the boat.

Now the question remains as to whether the NDAA’s indefinite detention will be enforced or will Dzhokhar Tsanaev be treated as a U.S. citizen. Again, remember, he is suspect in the case and while I am sympathetic that the evidence presented so far shows he is involved in some way, public opinion is not a court of law. NBC, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and others are already saying that he will not be treated as a U.S. citizen but as an enemy combatant as the government will invoke a legal rule known as the “public safety” exception.

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