According to the Boston Globe, an MIT police officer, who has not yet been identified, was shot and killed in an “apparent carjacking.” MIT’s website reports that the suspects remain at large and have instructed all faculty and students to remain inside while the search continues. According to authorities:
Police from several agencies were conducting a manhunt for the gunman across the school campus and on the T’s Red Line
The manhunt fanned out from Kendall Square over an area that has endured a tragic and tumultuous week, in the aftermath of the fatal explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon. There was no report of a connection between the two events, but the swarm of sirens and circling helicopters rattled a region already on edge.
There are also reports of an explosion or possible bomb coming through Twitter, but authorities have not yet confirmed these rumors.
Updates will be posted as they come in.
UPDATE (1:56am EST): According to CBS Boston police now have one suspect in custody. Authorities report that there is still one suspect at large, and he is believed to be armed and dangerous. Police are asking all residents of the area to remain in their homes for now.
UPDATE (2:43am EST): Jennifer Peter from the Boston Globe has indicated there may be a connection between the suspects and the Bombings that took place Monday at the Boston Marathon.
UPDATE (2:47am EST): According to WHDH News, reports indicate that one suspect in tonight’s shootout may be dead. Also, the Massachusetts State Police are now saying there may be more than 2 suspects.
UPDATE (3:03am EST): The Boston Globe is reporting that the suspects are related to the Boston Marathon Bombings. Authorities have yet to confirm.
UPDATE (3:12am EST): Reports indicate that there are two suspects in custody and one still at large.
UPDATE (3:16am EST): The Huffington Post reports that authorities have confirmed the suspects in tonight’s manhunt are, in fact connected to the bombings on Monday.
UPDATE (3:20am EST): NBC News reports there were explosives found in Watertown.
UPDATE (3:33am EST): Authorities are evacuating residents from the Watertown area until the bomb squad has had a chance to remove any explosives.
UPDATE (3:46am EST): Police are doing door-to-door sweeps in the area.
UPDATE (4:00am EST): Authorities are preparing to detonate an explosive device found during the search for the third suspect reports the Huffington Post. Police will sound a horn before detonating a device at Dexter and Laurel streets. It is a controlled explosion on an unexploded device.
UPDATE (4:05am EST): Police may have cornered the third suspect in a home on Dexter, but authorities have not yet confirmed.
UPDATE (4:12am EST): Boston Police Commissioner, Edward Davis, has confirmed that one suspect is dead and that the other is still at large. This would seem to indicate that earlier reports of a third suspect were incorrect. However, it is not yet clear whether there were 2 or 3 men involved in the bombings and shootout.
UPDATE (4:28am EST): The controlled detonation has been canceled.
UPDATE (4:39am EST): Boston Police have linked several crimes, “the shooting of a police officer at MIT, followed by a carjacking, followed by a shootout,” at the early morning press conference held in Watertown. They said:
The suspects are believed to be the same suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
A Massachusetts State Police public information officer told HuffPost reporter Michael McLaughlin, “We believe this to be a terrorist, we believe he came here to kill people.”
Residents are continually urged to stay indoors.
“This is a terrible tragedy, we don’t want to increase it,” Boston PD stated.
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