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Boston Suspect Capture

Final moments of the younger bombing suspect

Saturday, April 20, 2013

J.M. HIRSCH,Associated Press

— Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had somehow evaded an army. As night fell, authorities start scaling back the hunt. Mass transit is allowed to resume and people are told they can leave their homes.

— But just as that order is lifted, there is a break. A man in Watertown sees blood on a boat parked in a yard. When he pulls back the tarp, he sees a man covered in blood and calls police. When authorities arrive, they try to talk the suspect — already weakened by a gunshot wound received some 20 hours earlier — into getting out of the boat.

— He doesn't. Police say the 19-year-old suspect exchanges gunfire with law enforcement for an hour while holed up in the boat before being captured.

— Just before 9 p.m., Boston police take to Twitter: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

— People pour into the streets. Church bells ring. American flags are waved. A city erupts again.


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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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