The two Boston Marathon bombers who’s pictures were realeased by FBI autorities on Thursday armed with explosives and guns — battled law enforcement officers in the Boston suburb of Watertown early Friday morning, unleashing chaos until cops took one of the men into custody and the other fled.
The standoff in Watertown, Mass., erupted shortly after the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge according to BPD.
The suspects approached the MIT officer and shot him in head and then stole the MIT officer’s cruiser, robbed a nearby 7-11 and carjacked another vehicle, briefly kidnapping the driver, the sources said. At various points, the suspects threw explosives out the window of the moving car.
The events began unfolding with reports of shots fired on the MIT campus at 10:48 p.m. ET, and the situation remained “active and extremely dangerous” for hours, according to MIT’s emergency website. It was later reported that a campus officer had been killed.
A short time later, police received reports of an armed carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge, “The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour and was then released at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.
Police went in pursuit of the stolen vehicle, following it into Watertown.
Watertown resident Andrew Kitzenberg described the earlier police shoot out outside his house. “They engaged in gunfire for a few minutes,” Kitzenberg told NBC News. “They were also utilizing bombs, which sounded and looked like grenades, while engaging in the gunfight. They also had what looked like a pressure-cooker bomb.”
Kitzenberg said when he looked out the window he saw two people taking cover between a black Mercedes SUV and a sedan, and watched them shooting 70 or 80 yards toward six Watertown police vehicles.
He said the pair took cover behind the Mercedes SUV and were shooting westward toward the police officers. They also had backpacks.
“It was a firefight,” he added. “There was a long exchange of gunfire.”
One of the shooters then ran toward the officers, while the other got into the SUV, Kitzenberg recounted.
The person on foot later fell to the ground, but Kitzenberg said he was unable to tell whether he had been tackled or shot.
The other drove the SUV through the line of police cars at the end.
The suspect at large — believed to be the man who physically placed the bags containing the homemade bombs which killed 3 and injured 170 on Monday — was described as “dressed in a grey hoodie, light skinned male, brown curly hair.”
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