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Boston Police: Second suspect in custody

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Updated: 4/19/2013 11:29 pm

Watertown, MA (Sports Network) - The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening.

Boston police tweeted Friday night, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody."

The news came less than 24 hours after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother, 26-year- old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed early Friday morning following a gun battle with police.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was trying to hide in a boat in a Watertown neighborhood. He was captured shortly before 8:45 p.m. ET and rushed to a local hospital.

Police got a call from a homeowner who saw blood on his boat. The person pulled back the tarp and discovered the bloody suspect inside. An exchange of gun fire took place between Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and police around 7 p.m.

"We're so grateful to bring justice and closure to this case," Massachusetts State Police spokesman Col. Timothy Alben said at a news conference less than an hour after the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. "We're exhausted, folks, but we have a victory here tonight."

The crazy scene of events started late Thursday night, when the two brothers killed an MIT police officer.

The two bombing suspects then carjacked a man and were chased into Watertown. During the pursuit, the suspects threw explosive devices from the car and exchanged gunfire with police.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the suspect wearing a dark hat in photos released by the FBI on Thursday, was killed as the altercation carried into Friday morning.

The 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev managed to escape the scene, which started a manhunt for the suspect seen wearing a white baseball cap in the photos and videos released by the FBI on Thursday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's escape led to the shutdown of the MBTA's entire network of commuter rail, bus, and subway services on Friday. Police officers performed door-to-door searches of the area.

Around 6 p.m., investigators conceded that their daylong manhunt had up to that point been fruitless.

FBI Director Robert Mueller released the following statement late Friday night:

"During this long week, we have seen an extraordinary effort by law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety agencies. These collaborative efforts, with the help and cooperation of the public, resulted in the successful outcome we have seen tonight. The investigation will continue as part of our efforts to seek answers and justice, and there will be no pause in that effort. But tonight, I wish to thank all those who worked so tirelessly throughout the week in the pursuit of safety and justice."

The wild chain of events all started when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. The explosions killed three people and wounded about 170.

President Barack Obama spoke from the White House briefing room after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured.

"We've closed an important chapter in this tragedy," Obama said.

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