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SWAT team on Boston suspect takedown


We are learning more about the tense final moments before a SWAT team finally captured Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The 19-year-old was arrested Friday night after he was found hiding in a boat.

Members of the SWAT team spoke about the capture.

"You could see one hand was clear of any weapons, but each time he went back the other way his hand went down inside the boat out of our view. And I know everybody here - we've spoken about it - each time he did that we had to assume that he was reaching for either a weapon, a firearm or some type of explosive ignition device to try to draw us in and then take us out in a suicide type manner. He did that a couple of times as we're still approaching towards him. We got close enough that at the one point where both of his hands were up because of the rocking back and forth, both of his hands were up we could see that there were no weapons in him, no ignition devices. We broke away from the shield protective cover and we just rushed him. We put hands on him, grabbed him and pulled him off the boat," Officer Jeff Campbell, MBTA Transit Police SWAT said.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.

If convicted, he could get the death penalty.

His older brother, Tamerlain Tsarnaev, died after shootout with police.

A government source says Dzhokhar has told authorities that his brother was the driving force behind the marathon bombings.

He reportedly said his brother wanted to defend Islam and that no foreign groups were involved.

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