A tense night
Hundreds of officers from communities across the state, working 12- to 18-hour shifts at a time, descended to Watertown late last Thursday and early Friday as part of the manhunt for the second suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings, 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.
Many communities, including Arlington, Andover, Plymouth, Cambridge, and Newton sent officers to Watertown, where a massive manhunt for the two suspects culminated with the death of one and the apprehension of the other.
Newton Police Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, who was among the first to assist after the bombings by halting the race for many runners a quarter-mile past Heartbreak Hill, said the department took officers off their regular details in Newton late Thursday into Friday, when they heard the police radio calls requesting that all available units come to Watertown.
SWAT Team member at Nichols Ave. search for Boston Marathon bomb suspects in the Watertown neighborhood, which remained under lock down until Friday afternoon.
SWAT teams conduct a door to door search of an area near Thursday night’s shootout in Watertown.
Lawrence Police Chief John J. Romero, sent 24 officers, including a SWAT team, to Boston and Watertown.
Plymouth Chief Michael E. Botieri went, along with eight officers and an armored vehicle, to help Boston in the days after the attack and then to assist in the Watertown manhunt.
Police officers search homes for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown. Police mounted a house-to-house search for a second man in the suburb of Watertown after a bloody night of shooting and explosions in the city’s streets.
Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan sent 30 officers to Boston and then Watertown, including some trained in SWAT operations and others on motorcycles to patrol streets.
A bomb squad truck arrives at site in which shots were reported to have been fired.
By 6 p.m. Friday, Governor Deval Patrick suspended the “shelter-in-place’’ order for Watertown, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, and Waltham after the manhunt came up empty. About an hour later Tsarnaev was found in a boat stored in a backyard in Watertown just outside the perimeter where the manhunt had been most intense.
Police officers and SWAT team members celebrate after the successful operation to capture 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev on April 19.
Everett Police Chief Steven A. Mazzie, whose department provided two bomb-sniffing dogs throughout the investigation, said members of his and Revere’s SWAT teams were there when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured.
“It was a long day, [but] this is what these guys live for, to go out and do the job when the need arises,’’ Mazzie said. “Boston is the largest police department in the state, and they needed help, and we did that for them. Hopefully, we’ll never ever have to respond to anything like this again.’’
Members of the public cheer as police officers leave the scene where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, was taken into custody in Watertown.