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Police pursue second Boston Marathon suspect after first one killed in shootout

04.19.13 at 9:18 am ET
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The Boston Marathon suspects were identified as Dzokhar Tsarnaev (left) and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev (right).

One Boston Marathon bombing suspect was killed in a shootout in Watertown and the other was being pursued Friday morning, authorities announced. Residents of Watertown and the surrounding communities, including all of Boston, were told by Gov. Deval Patrick to remain in their homes. All public transportation was shut down.

“This situation is grave,” Massachusetts State Police spokesman Col. Timothy Alben said at a press conference. “We’re making significant progress up there. But it may take hours to do this.”

An MIT police officer, 26-year-old Sean Collier, was killed late Thursday night. That preceded a car chase through Watertown shortly after midnight. Police said the suspects carjacked an SUV and hurled explosives at pursuing officers. The driver of the SUV was eventually released at a gas station. During the shootout, an MBTA officer, 33-year-old Richard Donohue, was seriously wounded.

The suspects were identified as brothers from Russia who have lived in Cambridge for about 10 years. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after suffering injuries from bullets and an explosion, was a talented boxer who won a New England Gold Gloves tournament. He reportedly had studied at Bunker Hill Community College. His brother Dzokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is a student at UMass-Dartmouth. He was a wrestler while at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School.

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