Police in the Boston metropolitan area responded on the evening of April 18 to a fatal shooting of Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer by two men who then committed an armed carjacking in Cambridge. State police and federal law enforcement are involved in the manhunt for one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings who remains at large. One suspect, who was identified in photographs and video released on April 18 by the FBI, is now dead.

Police are urging caution and asking citizens in Watertown MA to remain indoors and only open their doors to uniformed police. A police spokes said that there is currently a "public security" situation.
According to local police, a suspect at large is a "terrorist" who has come to the United States to "kill people." It was at approximately 10:20 p.m. April 18, that police received reports of shots fired on the MIT campus.  At 10:30 p.m., an MIT campus police officer was found shot in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main
streets in Cambridge MA. Media reports suggest that the officer's firearm was stolen by the suspects.  According to authorities, the officer was found with multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced dead. 
Authorities launched an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the shooting and determined that two males were involved in this shooting.
Shortly thereafter, law enforcement received reports of an armed carjacking by two males in the area of Third Street in Cambridge.  The victim was carjacked at gunpoint by two males and was kept in the car with the suspects for approximately a half hour.  The victim was released unharmed at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge.  
Police immediately began a search for the vehicle and were in pursuit of the vehicle into nearby Watertown, a suburb of Boston.  At that time, explosive devices
were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects.  The suspects and police exchanged gunfire in the area of Dexter and Laurel streets.  During this pursuit, an MBTA Police officer was seriously injured and transported to the hospital. 
During the pursuit, one suspect was critically injured and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital for treatment. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Media reports suggest that he was wounded several times in the head by gunfire. An extensive manhunt is ongoing in the Watertown area for the second suspect, who is believed to be armed and dangerous. Known for now as Suspect #2, he is believed to have explosive devices. 
According to a press release from Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middlesex District Attorney, "The case is being investigated by local, state and federal
authorities working in cooperation.  The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad is assessing and removing any potentially explosive devices that may have
been thrown on the street in Watertown by the suspects." Armed national guard units are also on the scene. Police are mobilizing in armored vehicles while police helicopters overhead are coordinating two police perimeters that have been formed around a 20-block area in Watertown. "The investigation remains active and ongoing."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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