Police ‘revel’ at photo of dead bombing suspect

SWAT teams were at Nichols Avenue and Melendy Avenue in Watertown on Friday while searching for one of the marathon bombing suspects.


SWAT teams were at Nichols Avenue and Melendy Avenue in Watertown on Friday while searching for one of the marathon bombing suspects.

His mouth is agape. His face is awash in blood. On the left side of his body is a wide gash where doctors cut him open to try to save his life.

The image of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dead and naked on a slab, snapped by an unknown person, was e-mailed repeatedly around law enforcement ­circles on Friday.


“Suspect 1” was written above the gruesome picture of the man who was killed in a shootout with police early ­Friday.

Seeing a photo of one of the Marathon bombing suspects dead was cathartic, said one law enforcement official who saw the picture.

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Passing it around was a rare chance “to revel” while other officers searched for Tsarnaev’s brother, Dzhokhar, the official said. “Justice is served.”

Boston police officers had been working 12-hour shifts since Monday, and many were kept well past the end of their shifts Friday morning after the chaos broke out Thursday night.

Officers who had been working since 6 p.m. were placed at major intersections around their districts and told to look at passing cabs. Some were stopped as officers peered into the backseat looking for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the other Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who was still at large Friday afternoon. He was captured Friday night.


Officers who started their day at 6 a.m. and had gotten a few hours of sleep were sent out of their districts to help with the search.

Maria Cramer can be reached at
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