Watertown Chief Relieved After Arrest Of Boston Marathon Bombings Suspect
Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters Saturday that Tsarnaev was in serious
but stable condition and not able to communicate. He remained under heavy
guard at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau is hailing the actions of his officers in the
capture of the suspect and providing new details. “I’ve been in law
enforcement for thirty years and I can’t be prouder than I have been in the
last 48 hours,” he said.
It was an emotional release for the chief, who said with everything that happened in the manhunt he’s relieved not to have to attend a funeral for one of his own. The chief said his officers faced down bombs, gunfire and finally the 911 call that brought them to the boat in a yard on Franklin Street where Tsarnaev was hiding.
A newly released infrared photo shows Tsarnaev crouched inside the boat. Seeing him poke through the boat’s covering and uncertain whether the bombing suspect had explosives, officers opened fire.
“We’re not going to peak in and say, ‘Come out, it’s all over,’” the chief said.
The search for Tsarnaev was lengthy, Deveau said, because of the danger at hand.
The chief said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had run over his brother, Tamerlan, in a frantic
getaway after a shootout early Friday morning, and the search for the suspect had to be methodical. “We had no reason not to believe that there were more explosives, more weapons. We had to be careful to go out and search for him,” the chief said.
The Watertown police station has become a gathering place for citizens to bring offerings of food to say thank you. Among them Saturday was the aunt of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier, who
was gunned down by the bombing suspects in Cambridge on Thursday, according to police.
“My family says thank you. We’re all devastated by the loss of Sean,” Pat Kelleher said.