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Braintree police chief assisting in Watertown manhunt

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 19, 2013 10:16 AM

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Braintree police have sent one of their own to Watertown in the evolving manhunt for one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

According to Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, Police Chief Russell Jenkins, who is part of the Metro Rapid Response Team, was in Watertown Friday morning assisting Boston police. The first suspect is reportedly dead.

“[Russ has] been very engaged in that organization for a period of time even as deputy chief and has taken a leadership role in that,” Sullivan said. “He’s been a student of tactical operations and has been assisting the overall response, both immediately after the marathon incidents and really throughout the week.”

Town Employee Melissa Santucci, who works as the principal planner for Braintree, also lives in Watertown.

“We’ve reached out [to her] … and she’s fine. But she’s in a situation where she can’t come to work today,“ Sullivan said.

More locally, Braintree’s MBTA and commuter lines have been shut down along with the entire MBTA service in Boston. Two additional officers have also been put on Friday for additional coverage.

Braintree officers have been monitoring the closed MBTA stations.

“We’re normal as we can be with a level of heightened awareness,” Sullivan said. “I think everyone has paid attention to the news. I myself was up at 4 a.m. because of everything that was happening. We’re all watching this.

“You try to go about your normal workday, in terms of the work we are responsible for, but you definitely have one ear open on the radio and one eye on the television in terms of getting the latest news possible. The situation that no one could, you can’t say it’s unbelievable because it’s happened. It’s the reality that has to be dealt with.”

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