Surveillance cameras caught Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev climbing into the boat in the backyard of a home on Franklin Street in Watertown.
This image, taken from a surveillance camera shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev climbing into a boat Friday night after a police gun battle. He was later found in the boat and captured. (Daily Mail)
According to officials Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would have died from blood loss if he would not have been discovered in the boat he was hiding in last night.
More details have emerged about the Friday night capture that brought the intensive manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects to an end. Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had been hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass. Authorities responded to a call from a local man late Friday, after he observed that a tarp covering his boat had been disturbed and there was blood in the boat.
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The FBI hostage rescue teams (HRT) planned and executed their operation to clear the boat by lobbing “flash-bangs” into it, which forced the young man to climb out, according to CBS News senior correspondent John Miller. Later the agents observed that Dzhokhar had been shot in the neck and in the leg.
Based on “the amount of blood” the homeowner saw in the boat, it is likely Dzhokhar was shot as long as 20 hours before being discovered, Miller said, referring to the battle earlier Thursday that led to the death of the other bombing suspect, Dzhokhar’s 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan.
It was a “fierce gun battle with police after the carjacking and the car chase, at which point they were apparently exchanging gun fire, but also throwing homemade grenades and one large satchel bomb at police officers, so he had been bleeding for a long time,” Miller said.
In a photo of authorities apprehending Dzhokhar released Friday, a SWAT team medic can be seen administering an “ambu” resuscitation bag to assist him in his breathing. Another photo shows Dzhokhar climbing out of the boat under his own power, following the commands of the HRT (Hostage Rescue Team), and Miller said it is clear from the images that, “this is a guy who was very weak at this point and probably — had he not been discovered — he might not have lived.”