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Friday
Apr192013

Boston Bomb Suspect Taken into Custody, Police Say

ABC News(WATERTOWN, Mass.) -- The alleged Boston Marathon bomber who hid from authorities for more than 12 hours was captured Friday night by police, sending cheers through the Watertown neighborhood where he was found.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was found lying in a boat in the backyard of a residential neighborhood around 7 p.m. ET Friday evening by a homeowner.

Gunfire broke out in the immediate aftermath of the discovery, but quickly stopped as police hunkered down for a standoff with Tsarnaev that lasted a little more than an hour and a half.

Around 8:45 p.m. ET, Tsarnaev was taken into custody and transported away from the scene alive in an ambulance as law enforcement officials and onlookers clapped and cheered.

Tsarnaev had been shot by police during gunfire nearly 24 hours earlier.

"We got him," Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted immediately after Tsarnaev was arrested. "I have never loved this city & its people more than I do today. Nothing can defeat the heart of this city ... nothing."

The Boston police department also sent out a tweet in the aftermath trumpeting, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, are believed to be behind the bombing of the Boston Marathon on Monday that killed three individuals and injured more than 170.

Tamerlan was killed by gunfire Thursday night in a shoot-out with police. Dzhokhar fled the shoot-out on foot into the Watertown neighborhood, which was the subject of an intense manhunt Friday involving hundreds of law enforcement personnel. The entire city of Boston was placed on lockdown for the dragnet.

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