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"Captured!!!" Boston police chief tweets after marathon bomber is apprehended

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The second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was captured by authorities in Watertown Mass. Friday night, CNN said.

After the nearly week-long manhunt for the second suspect was over, Boston's police department tweeted, "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody," CNN said.

The man in custody is Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, who had fled the scene of a shootout with police the previous night, the Wall Street Journal said. During the course of the shootout his brother and co-conspirator in the detination of two bombs at the Boston Marathon Monday, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died amidst the gunfire, the Wall Street Journal said.

Tsarnaev was found by authorities late Friday after receiving a tip from a man who said he found a young man covered in blood was hiding beneath a tarp on a boat in the backyard of his Watertown home, a suburb of Boston, CNN said.

Tsarnaev was in serious condition, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a news conference. "There was an exchange of gunfire, and I don't know if he was struck," Davis said.

Tsarnaev has been taken to Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to be treated for his injuries likely sustained in the shootout both Thursday and Friday, CNN reported.

"We used a robot to pull the tarp off the boat," David Procopio of the Massachusetts State Police said. "We were also watching him with a thermal imaging camera in our helicopter. He was weakened by blood loss -- injured last night most likely," CNN reported.

Following Tsarnaev's arrest, cheers could be heard from a crowd of local citizens who had gathered to watch him get taken away, the Wall Street Journal said. A member of the Boston SWAT team said, "Thank you. Thank you. It was our pleasure," over a loudspeaker to the crowd, CNN said.

Tsarnaev, has been arrested under the public safety exception, meaning in cases of national security a person can be questioned without being read their Miranda rights, a Justice Department official told CNN on condition of anonymity. CNN said that the official is not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Because of the nature of Tsarnev's crime, some U.S. government officials like Senators John McCain (R) and Lindsey Graham (R) called for Tsarnaev to be held as an enemy combatant, CNN said.

President Barak Obama has said that since Tsarnev is a U.S, citizen, he should be tried in civilian courts, the Wall Street Journal said.

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