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Highlights from the Boston Police press conference

Last modified: 19 Apr 2013 12:04

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said: 

We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody." 

Boston Police spokesman: 

At about 10.30pm last evening, a robbery took place at a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Subsequently after that an MIT police officer was shot on campus; and has expired as a result of his wounds.

There was a car-jacking that took place as well in Cambridge involving a Mercedes SUV. That car was ultimately discovered here in Watertown and pursued by the Watertown Police Department.

The pursuit went into a residential neighbourhood not far from here, where there was an exchange of gunfire between Watertown police and a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) officer and two suspects in this SUV.

During the course of that pursuit, several explosive devices were discharged from the car at the police officers.

In the exchange of the gunfire we believe that one of the suspects was struck and ultimately taken into custody. A second suspect was able to flee from that car and there is an active search going on at this point in time.

An MBTA police officer was struck during that exchange of gunfire and is currently at ... hospital in critical condition.

The most important message we are doing right now is for public safety ... we are asking everyone not to leave their homes."

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