Helicopter Crew Saw ‘Perfect Silhouette’ Of Bombing Suspect In Watertown Boat

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WATERTOWN (CBS) – The crew of a State Police helicopter that helped definitively located Boston Marathon bombings suspect Djhokhar Tsarnaev talked with reporters on Friday at the airport in Plymouth.

The crew played a vital role in capturing Tsarnaev the night initial shootout in Watertown.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

The helicopter was equipped with a forward-looking infra-red camera that enabled crew member Ed Mathurin to see right through the tarp covering a boat where the suspect was hiding.

Photos: State Police Images Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev In Watertown Boat

“He was basically in the middle of the boat as a perfect silhouette of a human being. It wasn’t just a heat source,” Mathurin said.

They radioed back they had spotted the suspect. Pilot Mark Spencer says it was a tense atmosphere that night.

“It’s a dynamic environment, and it was constantly moving. So, it’s taken a lot out of us,” Spencer said.

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