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A long, violent night before suspect caught in Watertown

WATERTOWN — The shoot-out that crackled, ricocheted, and lit up the night in the middle-class neighborhood between the Armenian bakeries on Mount Auburn and the big-box stores of Arsenal Street was not a dozen rounds, or 20, as some terrified residents counted, or even 50.

It was a rattling, heart-pounding, incomprehensible 200 shots — in rapid-fire bursts and single shots, layered with shouting, punctuated with explosive booms, and interrupted by hold-your-breath pauses that never lasted long enough. When the firefight was over, an officer lay wounded, and one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was fatally injured .

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