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ATF team in D.C. shootings was part of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrest

 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended after a manhunt in Watertown on April 19.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended after a manhunt in Watertown on April 19.AP File

The same ATF special response team that took part in the capture of Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was activated in response to today’s US Navy Yard shooting in Washington, officials said.

The team, a full-scale tactical team, is based in Washington, D.C. It is one of five regional teams that the ATF has stationed across the country, with a total of 145 full- and part-time members. The teams have been activated 217 times over the last five years.

It was not clear what role the team took in the US Navy shooting response, but the team was central in the manhunt and capture of Tsarnaev, who was captured after he was found hiding in a boat parked in a Watertown back yard four days after the Marathon bombings.


The tactical team is trained in response strategies including explosive and mechanical breaching, hostage rescue, dynamic and covert entry techniques, and rappelling and fast rope training.

Operations include the execution of arrest and search warrants, home invasion investigations, robbery investigations, undercover operations, high-risk surveillance, and quick reaction and response to public safety and natural disasters.

The team also specializes in emergency medical care and crisis negotiations.