Boston Bombing Suspect CAPTURED: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Alive, in Custody After Standoff

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The fugitive Boston Marathon bombing suspect is alive and in custody.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured just moments ago following a massive manhunt in Watertown, Mass. He had evaded capture since late Thursday night.

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Boston Suspect Arrest Photo

The search for Tsarnaev focused on Watertown, a town just a few miles outside Boston. He was eventually discovered hiding in a boat in a residential yard.

NBC News reports that the wanted Boston bombing suspect was found pinned down in the boat, the cover of which showed a tear and blood stain.

Law enforcement sources said police had seen the suspect moving from a State Police helicopter, then confirmed the report with infrared technology.

They were alerted to his presence by a Watertown resident who walked outside when frustrated officials lifted the lockdown order around 6 p.m.

The resident saw the blood, and that some of the cords tying down the tarp over it were cut. He observed moment inside the boat, and called 911.

Authorities then formed a perimeter around the Watertown property and are believed to have exchanged gunfire with the suspect while it was still daylight.

Watch a raw video taken from a neighboring window of that exchange:

It is not certain if the suspect fired back, but no officers were injured.

As they moved in, they observed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sit up, and after using “flash bang” stun grenades to disorient and distract him, took him into custody.

Officers were acting with extreme caution because they remained concerned that the suspect might be wearing a suicide bomb vest, a source said.

Within the last hour, NBC News reported that there was a fire in the boat the bombing suspect was hiding in and that the suspect was bleeding heavily.

It was widely assumed by many in the press and on social media that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was dead, or soon would be as police surrounded him.

Not the case.

Tsarnaev, 19, was taken away via ambulance and has left the scene (see below, with boat, on Bing maps). State Police have confirmed he is alive.

Watertown House

At a news conference, the Boston Police Chief described his condition as serious.

Officials speculate that he was wounded early this morning by police - it is not clear how gravely - and has not had access to food or water since.

As the thousands of federal, state and local law enforcement now depart, they are doing so to deafening applause and standing ovations from citizens.

The U.S. Attorney's office would not say if Tsarnaev has been Mirandized.

The shootout comes after a violent night in which his brother and alleged co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a separate firefight with police.

The brothers are believed to have carried out Monday's Marathon bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 180 others, some gravely.

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, also suspected of killing an MIT police officer in his vehicle late Thursday, setting the events of Friday into motion.

Authorities in Boston suspended all mass transit and warned close to a million people in the entire city and some of its suburbs to stay indoors today.

After it was finally over, law enforcement earned the ultimate hat tip.

President Barack Obama praised authorities and ordinary Bostonians alike in a live press conference from the White House after the massive manhunt.

"Tonight, our nation is in debt to the people of Boston," Obama said, and went on to thank Bostonians as "citizens and partners" in the investigation.

The president said this resolution wouldn't have been possible without close coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

"They all worked as they should," Obama said, "as a team."

After promising the victims of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion that they weren't forgotten either, he concluded, in the understatement of all time:

"This has been been a tough week."

Story developing ...

UPDATE, 4/20, 7:00 a.m.: Tsarnaev remains in the hospital, the severity and nature of his condition unclear, according to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Patrick did say that he is “hoping very deeply he survives, because I’ve got a lot of questions and I know investigators have a lot of questions for him.”

UPDATE, 4/20, 11:00 a.m.: The suspect is still in serious condition and has not been read his rights. It's not clear if he has been questioned at this time.

UPDATE, 4/20, 2:30 p.m.: A widely-circulated arrest photo online has been confirmed as real. Officials clearly want it known that they got their man.

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boston liberals cower in fear in their own homes like the cowards they are zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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@ rositah

"Boston Liberals" like other citizens, were alerted by authorities of the danger! After bush, common sense has been employed in such matters, and Positive Results are the reward. No more Shoot from the hip, Bang Bang, blow em all up tactics with endless, fruitless, results.

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that fbi couldnt find shit!!!!

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Boston liberals cower in fear in their own homes like the cowards they are..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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The majority of the replies are filled with hate. Wake up people and take a look at yourselves. Love and peace are the only answers to a hopeful world.

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@ a Mennonite view

A lot of "Liberals" Served their country, some served & were not elected, the bush cabinet did Not serve, & were Installed into office. And look where that left us!

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@ a Mennonite view

The Bomber was Caught & the other Caught & Killed because bush was no longer in office! (See recent history, see Khadaffy & Bin Laden)

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@ a Mennonite view

Well said! Let's do our part to make this a better world instead of focusing on this one person (still grateful he was caught obviously)!!

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@ Teevee

agreed

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That video is intense ... so much love and respect for those who protect us!!!

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THE FBI COULD'NT FIND SHIT WITH IT'S HEAD IN A TOILET BOWL!!!! THEY ZWERE HANDED A VIDEO TAPE OF THE SCENE... DUH !!!! THEN THEY LOCATED THE SANDDEVIL IN THE BOAT ONLY WHEN SOMEONE CALLED TO TELL THEM EXACTLY WHERE TO GO .. NO VIDEO , NO TIP .... NO BUCK ROGERS FOR THE FBI ....

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AND IT'S OF COURSE , ANOTHER RAT OF THE SEMETIC RACE.... WHILE THIS SAND DEVIL CARYS OUT HIS ROLE IN THE WEMETIC ASSAULT ON E WHITE WORLD ... THE OTHERS ,SOME FLYING OUR PLANES INTO US . AND THE MOST CONNIVERING AND PERNICIOUS , THE JEW BRANCH OF THE SEMETIC WORLD , FLYING OUR GOV, TV AND MOVIES INDUSTRIES INTO TO US AND DOING THEIR THING... UPSET YET !!! GUESS YOUR LEGS WILL HAVE TO BE BLOWN OFF TO WAKE YOU UP

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let him speak out free.
NO WATERBOARDING OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
remember: america is considdered as a civilised country so judge them like that.

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It's nice this time of year

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Hope you enjoy Gitmo Dzhok.