Boston bombing suspects killed MIT officer: police commissioner

WASHINGTON Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:23am EDT

1 of 7. A tribute to MIT police officer Sean Collier (L), killed by the Boston marathon bombing suspects and MBTA police officer Richard Donahue, Jr. (R), shot and injured in a shoot out with the suspects, is seen at a memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings near the scene of the blasts on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 21, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Boston's police commissioner said on Sunday that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects killed an MIT police officer and had more explosives that authorities believe they intended to use.

"Tragically, Officer Collier from the MIT police was murdered by these individuals as they started their rampage," Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said on "Fox News Sunday."

Sean Collier, 26, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police, was fatally shot on Thursday while sitting in his police cruiser as events began to unfold that led to the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and the apprehension of his brother Dzhokhar, 19, after a massive manhunt.

They were suspects in the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday that killed three people and injured 176.

"I just want to say on Officer Collier, I believe that he was attacked and his murder led to our apprehension of these individuals," Davis said. "Tragically, he paid with his life, but these individuals were out to kill other people."

Davis said the suspects had other explosives, which authorities have detonated. "We feel that they had plans to use those explosives, possibly on soft targets," he told the Fox program.

Asked if there were concerns about an ongoing threat, Davis said, "We are confident that these were the two actors, these were the two individuals that were carrying out this mission and they are either dead or arrested at this point."

He said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in "serious but stable condition" in a Boston hospital and was "in no condition to be interrogated at this point in time."

(Reporting by Vicki Allen; Editing by Philip Barbara and Doina Chiacu)

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Comments (3)
winger22 wrote:
I was struck by the name of the older brother, Tamerlan. Tamerlane was a 16th century jihadist who is remembered as a vicious conqueror, who razed ancient cities to the ground and put entire populations to the sword in Uzbekistan. On the other hand, he is also known as a great patron of the arts, literature, and architecture. Interesting name to choose for your eldest son.

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hawkeye19 wrote:
He lied when he took his citizenship oath. He’s no citizen. He’s the enemy.

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GeorgeBMac wrote:
“… these individuals were out to kill other people.”

I think we need either more intelligence or more honesty from law enforcement. The fact is:

– They didn’t rob or harm anybody at the convenience store.
– They didn’t harm the owner of the car that they hijacked. Instead they simply let him go (even though that increased their own risk of exposure).
– Suspect #2 did nothing when the owner of the boat where he was hiding put a ladder against the boat, lifted the tarp, saw him and ran to call police.

And, at this point, we really do not know how or why the MIT police officer was killed. All we really know is that he was killed.

Obviously the 2 suspects were not out to “kill other people” as the police commissioner says. If they were, they would have…

Now we hear: “They were on a rampage”

Actually, the only shooting and violence that occurred happened while police were in the area.

One has to wonder who was doing the shooting?
… We will probably never know for sure…

For instance: suspect two was trapped and surrounded in a boat. He could not have escaped. So police responded with a barrage of gunfire. Did the suspect actually fire back? We will never know for sure…

But, the stupid part is that he was probably shot in the head by that barrage — so now we may never find out what happened during the marathon. Important things like: who ALL was involved? What happened to turn a good boy bad? Why did they do it? Even: “Did they do it?”

No, I am not excusing the actions of the two suspects.
But neither am I excusing the actions of law enforcement.

Apr 21, 2013 12:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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