Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau recounted the events of the Friday night capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and gave startling new details on the shootout that killed brother Tamerlan the evening before.
The account given by Deveau is incredible for a small-town police department of about 65 officers.
Consider that police were under attack by terrorists shooting at them, throwing explosive devices at them, and driving a Mercedes SUV straight at them.
Deveau spent the first part of the Saturday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, offering an account of how police were able to capture Dzhokhar alive after a massive manhunt that captivated the country all day Friday.
Deveau then described the early Friday morning police confrontation with the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, an encounter that involved guns, six bombs and explosions, saying that at one point, Dzhokhar ran his brother over and dragged his body down the street.
According to the CNN report on the interview:
“We find the pressure cooker embedded in the car down the street, so there’s a major explosion during this gunfight (with) my officers — six of my officers that I’m extremely proud of,” Deveau said.
At one point, the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, came directly toward police, Deveau said.
“He all of a sudden comes out from under cover and just starts walking down the street, shooting at our police officers, trying to get closer,” Deveau said. “Now, my closest officer is five to 10 feet away, and they’re exchanging gunfire between them. And he runs out of ammunition — the bad guy — and so one of my police officers comes off the side and tackles him in the street.
“We’re trying to get him handcuffed. There’s two or three police officers handcuffing him in the street — the older brother. At the same time, at the last minute — they obviously have tunnel vision, it’s a very, very stressful situation — one of them yells out, ‘Look out!’ and here comes the black SUV, the carjacked car, directly at them. They dive out of the way, and he (the younger brother) drives over his brother and drags him a short distance down the street.”
Watch the riveting interview with Police Chief Deveau on CNN here: