A week ago, on April 19, 2013, at the end of a harrowing day of a city-wide lockdown and door-to-door searches by armed SWAT teams who ordered residents out at gunpoint, with their hands clasped behind their heads, the 32,000 citizens of Watertown, MA, were told that police had finally captured the remaining Boston bombings suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davies described a firefight between Tsarnaev and police officers which lasted for more than an hour, before the terror suspect was captured.
The New York Times also reported an M4 carbine rifle had been found in the boat in a house’s backyard where Tsarnaev was hiding, and that officials recovered two handguns and a bb gun used by Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan killed earlier that day.
Police search Dzhokhar after they captured him after a supposed hour-long firefight
But the Associated Press and Daily Mail report that those accounts are contradicted by two unnamed U.S. officials who, on April 24, 2013, told the AP that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when police captured him and no gun was found in the boat.
Dozens of bullet holes were seen on the exterior of the boat in photos taken shortly after the final standoff in the Watertown backyard.
Now that we’ve been told that one suspect (Tamerlan) is dead and the other (Dzhokhar) captured, all of America heaves a sigh of relief as we return to watching American Idol and NFL games. Does anyone even care about the truth of what actually happened or didn’t happen?