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A harrowing incident during the Watertown lockdown

The 911 police dispatcher handling emergency calls during the afternoon of the April 19th lockdown in Watertown sounded certain – a woman had texted her mother that she was being held hostage inside her home by a man with a gun and the Boston Police SWAT team needed to respond immediately. Since the home was inside the perimeter where police were concentrating their search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, the SWAT team’s response was freighted with a heightened sense of anticipation.

“We all felt that this was it,” said Boston Deputy Supt. Colm P. Lydon, rushed with the SWAT team to the address just off of Mount Auburn street to take command of the scene. “Her house was just a few streets away from (the shootout). It made perfect sense he’d have wound up there, perfect sense.”

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