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Report: 1 suspected Boston Marathon bomber dead, another on the loose

Updated: April 19, 2013 11:20PM



A suspect was taken in to custody in connection with the deadly bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, the Boston Globe reported early Friday, citing an unnamed official familiar with the investigation.

Prosecutors say that suspect was involved in a gun battle with police died at local hospital, according to the Globe’s report and The Associated Press.

A second suspect in the bombing — who also reportedly exchanged gunfire with police — remains at large, according to the Globe’s website. A manhunt was underway.

A scene of chaos descended on Cambridge and Watertown — both just outside Boston — late Thursday night and early Friday morning, the Globe reported. Authorities confirmed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot to death on the Cambridge campus, according to the paper’s account.

Then an armed carjacking triggered a police chase into Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston, the paper reported.

Hundreds of police officers poured in to both Cambridge and Watertown, according to police.

Television outlets reported that gunfire and explosions had been heard in the Watertown area around 1 a.m. Friday — midnight in Chicago.

Authorities could be heard calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up. A loud thud was heard after someone shouted “fire in the hole.”

State police spokesman David Procopio said later in the morning: “The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers.”

The incident that apparently unfolded in Watertown came hours after a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was shot and killed on the Cambridge campus.

No arrests had been made in the officer’s fatal shooting, and a manhunt was on for the shooter.

The officer had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney’s office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.

MIT said right after the 10:30 p.m. shooting that police were sweeping the campus in Cambridge and urged people to remain indoors. They urged people to stay away from the Stata Building, a mixed-use building with faculty offices, classrooms and a common area.

Hours later, MIT, which has about 11,000 students, said the campus was clear but the shooter was still on the loose.

A transit police officer was also shot and injured at one point, according to the Globe.

Contributing: AP



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