A late-night police chase and shootout has ended with one marathon bombing suspect dead and another on the run here, police officials said early Friday morning. One police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded during the dramatic pursuit.
At sunrise, Gov. Deval Patrick ordered a shutdown of all public transit and residents on the edges of Boston to stay indoors as a massive manhunt for the second suspect was underway.
“This is situation is grave and we are trying to protect the public safety,” Massachusetts State Police Col. Timothy Alben said.
Federal agents swarmed neighboring Watertown after local police were involved in a car chase and shootout with the men identified Thursday by the FBI as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2. During the pursuit, officers could be heard on police radio traffic describing the men as having grenades and other explosives.
The made-for-movie mayhem began at approximately 10:30 p.m. Thursday when police said the bombing suspects robbed a 7-Eleven store in Cambridge, police said. Minutes later, an MIT campus officer responding to the call was shot and killed. The terror suspects then fled in a stolen Mercedes-Benz, but were quickly spotted in Watertown where they exchanged dozens of rounds of gunfire with patrol officers.
Suspect 1 was shot by police and brought to Beth Israel Medical Center. He arrived at the hospital under cardiac arrest with multiple gunshot wounds and blast-like injuries to his chest. The second suspect fled on foot, leading to a tense manhunt that is still underway at this hour.
“We believe this to be a terrorist,” Davis told reporters at a hastily arranged press conference in Watertown. “We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him into custody.”
A transit officer was seriously wounded during the exchange of gunfire, officials said.
The FBI has yet to publicly confirm a connection between the events in Watertown and the twin explosions that killed 3 people and injured 170 others at the Boston Marathon on Monday. But according to Boston Police, the suspect who remained at large was the “one in the white hat” seen in the photos released by the bureau on Thursday.
[Related: FBI releases photos of suspects in Boston Marathon bombings]
In a radio alert sent issued to fellow officers, the suspect was described as a “white male with dark complexion or a Middle Eastern male with thick curly hair wearing a charcoal gray hooded sweatshirt … possibly with an assault rifle and explosives.
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