Skip to comments.Boston bombings suspect... Tsarnaev bled for hours from neck, leg wounds, "might not have lived..."
Posted on 04/20/2013 8:06:55 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
More details have emerged about the Friday night capture that brought the intensive manhunt for the Boston bombing suspects to an end. Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, had been hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass. Authorities responded to a call from a local man late Friday, after he observed that a tarp covering his boat had been disturbed and there was blood in the boat.
The FBI hostage rescue teams (HRT) planned and executed their operation to clear the boat by lobbing "flash-bangs" into it, which forced the young man to climb out, according to CBS News senior correspondent John Miller. Later the agents observed that Dzhokhar had been shot in the neck and in the leg.
Based on "the amount of blood" the homeowner saw in the boat, it is likely Dzhokhar was shot as long as 20 hours before being discovered, Miller said, referring to the battle earlier Thursday that led to the death of the other bombing suspect, Dzhokhar's 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan.
It was a "fierce gun battle with police after the carjacking and the car chase, at which point they were apparently exchanging gun fire, but also throwing homemade grenades and one large satchel bomb at police officers, so he had been bleeding for a long time," Miller said.
In a photo of authorities apprehending Dzhokhar released Friday, a SWAT team medic can be seen administering an "ambu" resuscitation bag to assist him in his breathing. Another photo shows Dzhokhar climbing out of the boat under his own power, following the commands of the HRT (Hostage Rescue Team), and Miller said it is clear from the images that, "this is a guy who was very weak at this point and probably -- had he not been discovered -- he might not have lived."
A Department of Justice official told CBS News that the arresting agents used an exemption clause to the Miranda law, allowing them to first question Tsarnaev on immediate security concerns before reading him his rights.
"In a case when there are exigent circumstances -- public safety is involved," explains Miller, the exception can be invoked to quickly obtain information; namely "are there other explosives? Is there another plot to blow something up? Are there other people?"
Still, the use of the public safety exception is rare. "We almost never see that," Miller said, adding that i was last invoked to question Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called "underwear bomber" on the Christmas Day 2009 flight into Detroit.
In the coming weeks authorities will continue to question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who Miller calls "an intelligence windfall." He added that the primary questions for Tsarnaev are those posed by President Obama in his addresses to Boston and to the nation throughout the week: "How did you do this? How did you plan this? And did you have help?"
What’ll it cost us to keep him alive and bring him to trial? $250 million? $500 million? And will we get anything useful from him in the end? Even if we do, most of the US is in total denial about the real enemy.
Curious about all the shooting last night. Sounded like scores of rounds and they didn’t hit him. Did they have a target?
In fairness, the boat owner should be compensated for damage to his boat and any property damage to his home and grounds. But I'll bet the boat would get above market value at auction, as is.
And, of course, CBS couldn’t write an article without invoking a statement made by Obama.
Yuck, you’re right. That boat is now worthless. The owners won’t use it and nobody will buy it. Maybe they can donate it to the new museum being built and dedicated to the brother’s jihad.
Too bad he surrendered. I would have liked him to have assumed room temperature.
Do you also wish Khalid Sheikh Mohammed wasn’t captured alive? I don’t understand why so many want this guy dead before we can even try to get any info from him.
Given that we know next to nothing about the planning and execution of this atrocity, how is it "obvious" that the older brother was the brains of the operation?
Reading from the headline, you almost get a sense that these jounalists wnat to say ‘Awwww, poor baby”.
I was thinkin’...that boat could be worth a lot of money on EBay right now.
Bullet holes, Flash/Bang smudges, bloody deck...
A memento of the largest man-hunt in US history.
Watch for it, in 50 years, on Antiques Roadshow...
In a few months hell be diagnosed with end-stage prostate cancer, extradited back to Chechnya to die, experience a miraculous recovery, and incite terrorism for another 50 years.
Lets go all conspiracy like lefties do.
I am pretty sure the house or at least one next door, had a Coldwell Banker for sale sign on it, which makes this a stigmatized property.
I wonder how you’d write the full disclosure statement on the listing.
Ran over his brother in the get-a-way?
How about he had orders to kill his brother if they got discovered, cornered, or caught!
The bitter irony is that, if he does live, it will be partly due to transfusions of blood from Americans.
He’s an American Citizen. He had better get the same treatment as Timothy McVeigh.
Bill Ayers is offering him a position even as we speak.
Don’t underestimate the intelligence value of capturing this one alive. He’s young and likely to break under intense interrogation.
I have a feeling he’ll spill the beans on whatever help they received.
In war, intelligence is often the bets asset.
I’m sure that the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center are lined up to represent him and get him sprung on bail so he can be flown out of the country.
A computer was removed yesterday morning from the house of the sister who lives in NJ.