At 7:00, less than an hour after police announced at a press conference that authorities had no idea where suspect Dzhokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev was, reports flooded in that shots were been fired, and a major police action was taking place in Watertown. At 8:45, it was over.
Chronological updates, starting at 7:00.
BREAKING NEWS: Shots fired in Watertown; source says Boston Marathon terror bomb suspect has been pinned down.— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 19, 2013
According to the Globe, WCVB Boston, and Fox News, police were investigating a boat in a backyard when shots broke out. It's not clear who fired first.
Here's a Bing aerial photo of the address, 67 Franklin Street as identified by WCVB. There is a large boat, covered by a tarp, visible behind the house:
Boston mayor Tom Menino tells WBZ that the surrounded person is indeed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
There are conflicting reports on how this latest confrontation came to be. The Globe initially said the homeowner noticed blood on the boat and alerted authorities. Now WHDH claims someone noticed a ladder next to the boat that hadn't been there before. (A later, third account says they found him using thermal imaging from a helicopter.)
BREAKING NEWS: Police have taken the cover off the boat containing the man believed to be the Marathon bombing suspect. He's not moving.— Boston Globe News (@GlobeMetro) April 19, 2013
And immediately contradicting that, chatter over the (not always reliable) police scanner says there is movement in the boat: "He just sat up."
Via scanner traffic, they are apparently going to fire flash-bang grenades. "Stand by for the bang. Do not return fire."
WCVB reports 6-7 bangs, most like the flash-bangs grenades. Scanner traffic says they landed well away from the suspect.
Via Bing street view, the boat:
Neighbor of boat owner on @wcvb: "That boat is his baby. He's going to be heartbroken."— Doree Shafrir (@doreeshafrir) April 20, 2013
According to the scanner, a group of media are trying to sneak closer to the scene (B) by crossing the field from the end of Parker Street (A).
Some video of the earlier gun battle, when police first located the suspect:
BREAKING NEWS: Globe photographer can hear police say, "We know you're in there. Come out on your own terms. Come out with your hands up."— Boston.com News (@BostonDotCom) April 20, 2013
The scanner now requests officers to chase media off a nearby roof.
The suspect is in custody. It happened just before 8:45 p.m. He is alive, though a medic has been dispatched. The Globe reports an ambulance heading through the barricades to the scene. He is in the custody of the FBI, who had been leading the investigation from day one.
There's applause from police and spectators near the scene as the news spreads.
It's not immediately clear how Tsarnaev was taken. Authorities were aware that their scanner was being listened to online, and chatter was kept to a minimum before whatever it was that ended the standoff.
Scanner: "Excellent job, excellent job."
NBC reports that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suffered at least one gunshot wound.
The officer that started cheering, high fiving a photographer twitter.com/RosieGray/stat…— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) April 20, 2013
In the midst of the crowd, adorable little kid is throwing his Red Sox cap in the air— Martine Powers (@martinepowers) April 20, 2013
Every vehicle leaving the scene is getting applause from assembled spectators. The driver of an armored SWAT vehicle: "Thank you, it was a pleasure."
#BREAKING: Suspect flash-banged and bleeding badly, precise extent of injuries unknown, but in bad condition— ABC News (@ABC) April 20, 2013
Turn up the volume:
No Miranda warning will be given to suspect, public safety exception is being invokved for limited and focused interrogation— ABC News (@ABC) April 20, 2013
The suspect is listed in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
And here, rocketing across the internet (saw it here first), a photo purporting to be the moment of capture:
From the AP, Tsarnaev in an ambulance:
Crowds are gathered on sides of Mt. Auburn Street, cheering and clapping for passing cruisers. You know what it reminds me of? The marathon.— Martine Powers (@martinepowers) April 20, 2013
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