Images Of The Boston Bombing Suspects Shootout With Police [Photos]
The Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Four days later, the FBI identified two suspects: brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A massive manhunt ensued, leading to a dramatic shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts, that left Tamerlan dead and Dzhokhar wounded and on the run.
In this article, we will show you some of the incredible images of the Boston bombing suspects shootout with police that were captured by witnesses and media outlets. These photos reveal the intensity and danger of the confrontation, as well as the bravery and professionalism of the law enforcement officers involved.
The Tsarnaev Brothers Exchange Fire With Police
On the night of April 18, 2013, the Tsarnaev brothers shot and killed MIT police officer Sean Collier, then carjacked a Mercedes SUV and drove to Watertown. There, they encountered several police officers who tried to stop them. The brothers opened fire with handguns, rifles, and homemade explosives, sparking a fierce gun battle that lasted about 10 minutes.
One of the residents of Watertown, Andrew Kitzenberg, live-tweeted the shootout from his apartment window. He also took several photos that showed the Tsarnaev brothers crouching behind a black SUV, firing at police. One of his photos showed a pressure cooker bomb that the brothers detonated in the street.[^1^]
The Tsarnaev brothers can be seen crouching behind a black SUV, firing at police. (Photo by Andrew Kitzenberg)
Tamerlan Tsarnaev Is Killed By Police
As the shootout continued, Tamerlan Tsarnaev ran out of ammunition and charged at the police officers. He was tackled by one of them and fell to the ground. Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got back into the SUV and drove towards his brother and the officers, apparently trying to rescue him or run them over.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev managed to escape the scene, but not before hitting his brother with the SUV and dragging him for several feet. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after. He had multiple gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma.[^1^]
Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body can be seen crumpled in the road near the police vehicles as Dzhokhar drives the SUV through to cordon. (Photo by Andrew Kitzenberg)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Flees And Hides In A Boat
After driving away from Watertown, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev abandoned the SUV and fled on foot. He hid in a boat that was parked in a backyard of a house in Watertown. He remained there for about 18 hours, until he was spotted by the owner of the boat, who called 911.
The police surrounded the boat and exchanged fire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was wounded by bullets and shrapnel. He also wrote several messages on the inside of the boat with a pen, claiming responsibility for the bombing and expressing his aa16f39245