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The suspects’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, called them “losers” and urged Dzhokhar to turn himself in. “We’re ashamed,” he thundered outside his Maryland home. He said they may have resorted to violence because they had trouble assimilating into the United States.
He told reporters he hadn’t seen the two men in years and wanted nothing to do with the family. He said the pair has brought shame on his family and all people from Chechnya, a region of Russia where he and his relatives are from.
“Of course, we’re ashamed. … They are children of my brother, who had little influence over them,” he said.
The flurry of violence erupted after photos and a videotape was released and FBI officials began getting hundreds of tips as to their identity. The two brother robbed a 7-11 store and then fatally shot Officer Collier in his vehicle at 10:20 p.m., law enforcement officials said. They then carjacked the SUV, attempting the use the driver’s ATM card to get cash — getting $800 after at least two failed attempts.
As they fled toward Watertown, a police cruiser spotted the vehicle and gave chase with the two suspects throwing explosives at the pursuing officer.The chase erupted into a lengthy gunfight, which was captured in photos by Andrew Kitzenberg of Watertown, who spread them on social media.
“They were also utilizing bombs, which sounded and looked like grenades, while engaging in the gunfight,” he told NBC News in an interview. “They also had what looked like a pressure-cooker bomb. I saw them light this bomb. They threw it towards the officers. There was smoke that covered our entire street.”
Transit officer Richard H. Donahue, 33, was seriously injured during the pursuit. Authorities said he was in surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital.
With Tamerlan Tsarnaev mortally wounded during the gunfight — and later being pronounced dead at a hospital — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled on foot into Watertown, which rapidly was surrounded by police and the town was locked down.
Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston field office who released a videotape and pictures of the Boston Marathon bombers, used a similar public plea in 2011 in the capture of Boston crime boss James J. “Whitey” Bulger, who has been on the run from law enforcement authorities for more than 16 years.
The FBI said Bulger and his longtime companion, Catherine Elizabeth Greig, were taken into custody without incident by agents acting on what the FBI said was a tip resulting from the release of videos and photographs on daytime TV and billboards.
The 81-year-old crime boss was wanted in connection with 19 homicides.
“Recent publicity produced a tip which led agents to Santa Monica where they located both Bulger and Greig,” Mr. DesLauriers, said at the time.
Earlier in the day, Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the two suspects in the Boston bombings, called on Dzhokhar to give up peacefully, telling that “all hell will break loose” in the United States if police kill him, ABC said in a report.
The father made the statements from his home in the Russian city of Makhachkala. He told The Associated Press in an earlier telephone call that ended angrily: My sons “were set up. I saw it on television. They killed my son.”
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