Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2 Officers Shot by Bombers Had Link

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

2 Officers Shot by Bombers Had Link

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The violent overnight trail carved through Greater Boston by the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings has left in its wake two more victims, both young police officers who became friends as classmates in a police academy. Now, one officer is dead, and the other is hospitalized, fighting for his life.

The tragic intertwining of these four lives began around 10:20 Thursday night, when, according to law enforcement officials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology police received reports of gunfire on the Cambridge campus. Responding officers soon found their colleague, MIT Officer Sean A. Collier, 26, dead from multiple gunshots after possibly being ambushed in his police vehicle.

As investigators were determining that two men -- believed to be the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother, Dzhokhar, 19 - - had shot Officer Collier, word came from another part of Cambridge of a carjacking of a Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle at gunpoint by two men who would release its owner a half-hour later.

Within two hours, some of the officers who had responded to the MIT shooting were racing to Watertown, about five miles west, where local police had tried to pull over the carjacked vehicle. In the ensuing shootout, the older Mr. Tsarnaev was shot dead, and a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police officer, Richard H. Donohue, 33, was seriously wounded.

Throughout the night and into the day, most of the nation focused its attention on the search for the younger Mr. Tsarnaev, a dragnet that had the Boston area in a nerve-jangling lockdown. Meanwhile, friends and family members of the two officers mourned and worried on the sidelines of an unfolding international event.

Officer Collier was a compact man with a crackling intellect who seemed born to be a police officer. "People come into police work for a lot of reasons," MIT police Chief John DiFava said. …

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