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Marathon Suspect Cornered In A Backyard [VIDEO]

U.S. officials say a special interrogation team for high-value suspects is standing by to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Evacuation at Dartmouth University
Evacuation at Dartmouth University (WJAR TV)

The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is under armed guard in serious condition at a hospital after being captured last night.

Meanwhile, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth remains closed as law enforcement officials continue their investigation into a student suspected as the Boston Marathon bomber.

The university said in a written statement Saturday that campus and law enforcement officials continue “logistical and investigative operations.”

The campus was evacuated Friday morning amid a manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived on the third floor of the Pine Dale dormitory. His classmates say that they saw him on campus after the bombings and that he was calm.The school wouldn’t say what he was studying there.

Marathon Suspect Cornered In A Backyard

Members of a police S.W.A.T. team exit Franklin Street moments after 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev  was apprehended
Members of a police S.W.A.T. team exit Franklin Street moments after 19-year-old bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was apprehended (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The surviving suspect in the horrifying attack on the Boston Marathon is being held at a hospital after being captured following a pair of shootouts with police.

Late Friday, less than an hour after authorities lifted the lockdown, they tracked down the younger man holed up in the boat, weakened by a gunshot wound after fleeing on foot from the overnight shootout with police that left 200 spent rounds behind.

The resident who spotted Tsarnaev in his boat in his Watertown yard called police, who tried to talk the suspect into getting out of the boat, said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

“He was not communicative,” Davis said.

Instead, he said, there was an exchange of gunfire — the final volley of one of the biggest manhunts in American history.

Officials say Tsarnaev and his brother set off the twin explosions at Monday’s marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.

Twenty-six-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police earlier Friday.

Authorities say the brothers also killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during their spree.

Justice official: No reading of Miranda rights

 A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street
A member of the North Metro SWAT team raises his fist while leaving the scene near Franklin Street (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A Justice Department official says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will not be read his Miranda rights because the government is invoking a public safety exception.

That official and a second person briefed on the investigation says 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be questioned by a special interrogation team for high-value suspects. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose the information publicly.

The public safety exception permits law enforcement officials to engage in a limited and focused unwarned interrogation of a suspect and allows the government to introduce the statement as evidence in court. The public safety exception is triggered when police officers have an objectively reasonable need to protect the police or the public from immediate danger.

In Boston and beyond, thanks and jubilation

 The scoreboard at Citifield announces  that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on the run is in custody in the middle of the seventh inning
The scoreboard at Citifield announces that the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on the run is in custody in the middle of the seventh inning (Elsa/Getty Images)

The only sedate place in Boston after the arrest of the surviving marathon bombing suspect may have been the spot were Monday’s tragedy unfolded.

Dozens gathered Friday near where the twin bombs exploded to pay solemn tribute to the three killed and more than 180 wounded in the explosions.

Celebrations erupted in many other communities including suburban Watertown where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody after being found hiding in a boat parked in the backyard of a home.

Hundreds of people marched down Commonwealth Avenue, chanting “USA” and singing the Red Sox anthem “Sweet Caroline” as they headed toward Boston Common. Police blocked traffic along part of the street to allow for the impromptu parade.

The jubilation was widespread. The mayor of Boston tweeted, “We got him!” And at the home of the New York Mets, fans leapt to their feet and cheered.


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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