LATEST: Boston bombing suspect in custody

Brothers originally from Chechnya; 1 killed in overnight gun battle in Boston

By EILEEN SULLIVAN, KATIE ZEZIMA, MEGHAN BARR Published:

WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Boston Police say a 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings is in custody after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.

Police announced via Twitter that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in custody. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan, was killed Friday in a furious attempt to escape police.

The brothers are suspects in Monday's marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others. The men are also suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer in his vehicle late Thursday.

Authorities in Boston had suspended all mass transit and warned close to 1 million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors as the hunt for the remaining suspect went on.

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  • 1713, just think of what using a drone to tackle this situation would had been like. From firing missiles indiscriminately at innocent bystanders like that one guy who was forced to strip every article of clothing off to blowing up several houses at a time everytime they thought they had this young man cornered. I hope that this incident will show our gov. that DRONE USE ON AMERICAN SOIL SHOULD NEVER BE AN OPTION! As for the police letting him get away, obviously they weren't prepared & even as the police team numbered into several thousand fully armed personnel to the point of having an actual army division in one city, this young terrorist evaded them time & again. They didn't do a bad job at all since this was truly an ON THE JOB LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Maybe they can use this incident as a learning tool to what complications actually & really can happen when fighting a terrorist in a huge city & come up with with better protocols. It showed that just like 9/11, we had to learn from scratch. I fear one day that some terrorist will eventually be supplied by a rouge government with a nuclear bomb in a suitcase &, well you get the picture. Kudos to all the law enforcement teams that risked their lives & not brought one death during their chase. AMAZING!

  • Yep, that is incredible. But I will tell you what is really, really incredible: that maybe 100 or more police officers had these two pinned down in a fire fight between two parked cars on a city street that was barricaded on both ends and they let one of them who was a 19 year old kid, drive off in an SUV and get away! If the police had parked their cars closer together and in the standard staggered formation (the so-called barricade position), instead of just opening their doors to make it look like a barricade it would have never happened. If they had just one backup chase car ready, it would have never happened. The kid drove right through the middle of the cars sideswiping them and completely disabling them in the process. Yeah, the lockdown of an American city is unprecedented AND it is very, very expensive...and unfortunately, it should have never been necessary.

  • This is the first time I can recall a whole city (Boston) being essentially on lockdown. Incredible.

  • It is almost like these two brothers, who grew up in the Cambridge area, were trying to get caught.