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Boston policeman shot dead and explosions in Watertown chase

Published: April 19, 2013
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Source: Guardian

Officer killed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, then chase, gunshots and explosions in Watertown area, reports say

Police on the campus of Boston MIT where an officer was shot dead 

Police on the campus of Boston MIT where an officer was shot dead. A chase with several suspects and explosions took place later in the Watertown area, police said. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty

A police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been shot and killed at the campus outside Boston, authorities said early Friday. As the manhunt began for the shooter, police reportedly became involved in a chase with several suspects in which explosives went off and gunshots rang out.

Live news reports said police officers were dealing with explosives left on the ground after the chase in the Watertown area, just west of Cambridge where MIT is located and eight miles to the west of central Boston. Police were told to switch off mobile phones and other electronic devices for fear of setting off explosives.

View Larger Map The Watertown area to the west of Boston where a police chase, shootout and explosions have reportedly taken place.

Police converged on a Watertown neighbourhood where there were reports of explosives being detonated and police also told reporters to turn off their phones.

Dozens of officers and National Guard members arrived and television outlets report that gunfire and explosions had been heard. A helicopter was circling overhead.


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