Stunning police helicopter video shows assault on Boston Marathon bombing Suspect 2

The Boston state police have released an amazing video, filmed with a normal camera, infrared, and night vision (I think), of the police raid on Boston Marathon bombing  Suspect #2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19 year old.

I’m not going to touch up the pictures in photoshop, though they could use it, since I want you tos see exactly what the police themselves saw.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, this is Suspect 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

First a normal shot. You can clearly see the boat:

Police helicopter infrared video of the assault on Suspect 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Police helicopter infrared video of the assault on Suspect 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Then an infrared shot, I’m pretty sure, of the boat and the backyard – you can see that the boat is covered with a tarp – he’s inside:

Infrared shot, I'm pretty sure.

Infrared shot, I’m pretty sure.

Then an infrared of either a robot, or a police vehicle with an arm, peeling the tarp off of the boat – at the top, in the boat, you can see the heat signature of Suspect 2 laying down.


The cops throw in a flash-bang stun grenade, after the tarp is removed:


Police helicopter infrared video of the assault on Suspect 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, flash-bang going off.

Suspect 2 just laying there, though you can see his hand moving slightly – the round ball at the top is his head.  Clearly the guy was majorly injured and not going anywhere.  If they hadn’t found him that night, I wonder if he’d have survived.


And here’s the whole video (h/t Towleroad):

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63 Responses to “Stunning police helicopter video shows assault on Boston Marathon bombing Suspect 2”

  1. Simon Oak says:

    He was a 19 year old wounded suspect

  2. Simon Oak says:

    John, in the boat was a suspect. Suspect could have been dragged out of that boat without a single shot. US Police show extreme violence nearly killing the suspect without a good reason. If he’s declared guilty, let’s discuss about the death penalty. USA is getting more and more uncivilized tmho. There are laws that should be obided. Emotional behaviour from Police is sooo unprofessional!!!!

  3. vonlmo says:

    My 11 y.o. niece asked me a question that I couldn’t answer, so i’m posting it here. She didn’t understand why people advocate using their 2nd Amendment rights in defense of “freedom” & that’s supposed to be good but using a crock-pot as a bomb is bad?

  4. I saw this on Facebook, and guess I’ll just leave it here. Suspect #2 was carrying around a solid white backpack, the backpack found with the bomb(s) was black and gray…

  5. Dude, didn’t they tell you not to take the yellow pills with the red ones?

  6. anna says:

    The suspect looks hotttttt!

  7. FLL says:

    Well, now you’re changing your argument. Your original point, which is the one I replied to, was that Japan wasn’t willing to surrender before either of the bombs were dropped, an assertion that I’ve rarely come across. In contrast, the act of dropping a second bomb has been debated many times over years, and I have no quarrel with people who think it was unnecessary.

    I understand that the USAF participated in the firebombing of Dresden. My only observation is that at that late date (near the end of the war), it would have been impossible for the U.S. to tell the British, “forget it. If that’s what you’re insisting on, our alliance is over.” Too much worldwide destruction and loss of life had occurred at that point for a last-minute breakup of the Allies to be a real possibility.

    You brought up WWII in order to shoot down John’s comment that WWII was an instance of the U.S. fighting in a just war. You seem determined to show that there is no possibility of the U.S. fighting a just war. Speculating on the evil intentions of the U.S. during WWII? Seriously? I often need to give people advise on taking multiple choice tests. I tell them to avoid multiple choice answers with “100%” words, such as “no one, everyone, all, none, always, never,” etc. I tell them this because those propositions are usually impossible to support. I notice this tendency in your writing, even though you may or may not explicitly use 100% words. What I mean are examples like this:

    (1) The U.S. is always right.
    (2) The U.S. is never right.
    (3) The only justified reaction to Obama’s presidency is to start carving his likeness on Mt. Rushmore.
    (4) The only justified reaction to Obama’s presidency is to impeach him and try him for high crimes.
    (5) Blah, blah, blah.

    I see this tendency a lot on the Internet, and I think it’s emotion getting in the way of critical thinking.

  8. Blogvader says:

    FLL, even if you buy that nuking Japan was a moral imperative to end the war, which several of Truman’s own military advisers disputed, how in the [email protected]#$ do you justify a second atomic bombing? There is, and was, no legitimate reason for the bombing of Nagasaki as the already defeated Japan lost morale completely when the first bomb was dropped and 80,000 people were incinerated.

    And yes, the US not only wanted to intimidate Russia, but they also wanted leverage to deny them territorial concessions in Europe, which would be a heck of a lot easier if the Russians’ planned invasion was rendered unnecessary. This is documented in Truman’s own writings. (Remember, at the time, Russia did not possess a nuclear bomb.)

    Whether or not FDR opposed the Dresden bombing is irrelevant. The USAF participated. The surviving Boston bomber may one day come to regret his participation in the plot, but would his remorse be enough to earn this country’s forgiveness?

  9. Steve_in_CNJ says:

    Lying down. Intransitive. :)

  10. FLL says:

    My reply to Monoceros Forth was only in reference to his comment about whether Dzhokhar will ever be able to answer questions. My reply was only a very technical one concerning different medical scenarios. I don’t necessarily disagree with the points that you raise. I agree with you that he is an American citizen, and any suggestion to treat him as an “enemy combatant” (as suggested by Linsdsey Graham or John McCain) shows an ignorance of American law. Any suggestion that he be tried in a military court should be ignored. After all, Timothy McVeigh and Eric Rudolph weren’t tried by military courts.

    As far as your comments about the firefight (and that’s exactly what it was, complete with bombs thrown at the police), I’m not convinced yet that the police were overly enthusiastic. Also, the first killing of the officer sitting in his patrol car seemed rather cold-blooded.

  11. FLL says:

    I had always thought that dropping the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities was to avoid a military invasion of the Japanese islands, which would have involved a much larger loss of life on both sides. I didn’t think that the Japanese were ready to surrender before either of the atomic bombs were dropped, and yet you say that they were. We’ll have to disagree on that point.

    Concerning the firebombing of Dresden, I’m much more in agreement with you. However, it was the British government under Churchill that insisted on the firebombing of Dresden, and their stated reason was to demoralize Germany. It amounted to the mass murder of civilians since Germans refugees were flooding into Dresden from the east as they were fleeing the Russian army. However, historical records show that the American government under FDR was against the plan to firebomb Dresden. It was the British government that insisted on the plan.

  12. Fair enough, perhaps you don’t suck your thumb. Anymore.

  13. Well, they did lob several bombs at the cops, and fire at them, which would invite a hail of bullets :) And actually, I just read an interview with his mom, and on – Suspect 1 called mom and said the FBI had called him and wanted to talk to him. Clearly he didn’t get into his car and drive there for an interview. Instead, he shot a cop – assassinated him, really – and things went downhill from there. These guys weren’t Trayvon Martin. Hate the US all you want, but if you’re going to use this as your proof of how evil we are, because we stopped the two guys who tried to maim and murder possibly a thousand people had all the bombs go off, I think you’re going to be lonely.

  14. nicho says:

    Sorry, I just found out you’re a Teabagger — or at least spouting the Teabagger line. My sympathy. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Apparently, you and your fellow Teabaggers prefer a terrorist state.

  15. nicho says:

    Oh, John, how naive. Many insurance policies exclude acts of terrorism. This was tagged as terrorism within hours, so the insurance companies are home free.

  16. You know what? Leave aside compassion, concern for due process and humane treatment, any of that rubbish. If the last thing we ever hear about this guy is that he’s disappeared into eternal custody as an “enemy combatant” and (we’re told) unable to speak or even communicate, then I for one will not be entirely certain justice was done.

  17. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Experience shows that even the professionals are often wrong, at first.

  18. ezpz says:

    It might be “quite common” for amateurs or lay people to get it wrong, even if they heard it right, but there’s no excuse for the highly paid *professional* so called journalists to report something until/unless they know for sure. I guess I’m old fashioned that way, occasional human error notwithstanding.

  19. ezpz says:

    Actually, from what I’ve gleaned, the brother was already a goner when (if) the younger one ran him over. We really don’t know and we certainly can’t go by what the media tell us.

  20. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Reporters monitor police communications and often convey vocabulary that police offers use on the fly. Knowledge of a tactical situation evolves quickly.

    On Friday night, I was monitoring Reddit and someone was posting what he thought he was hearing the police say in real time. It’s easy for me to understand how such errors occurred and were later corrected. This is quite common.

    Reviewing what was broadcast on 9/11 shows how erroneous much of that reporting was, for example.

  21. ezpz says:

    I know. My point was that many in the media were irresponsible in their reporting, if you can call it that. The should not have said ‘body’ if they didn’t know, and as you point out, he was alive. If they didn’t know, they should not have assumed it was a body, which clearly implies he was dead.

  22. ezpz says:

    I find that a little hard to believe. The combination of flashbangs, loss of much blood, and the gunshot wound to the throat – I don’t think he was doing much talking, if at all. In fact, from the photos, he looked barely conscious.

  23. ezpz says:

    Let’s hope….

    I can’t help but think of the dogs, though, whose hearing is very sensitive, and they startle so easily from loud noises. As long as everyone’s okay – I guess that’s the bottom line. And I’m sure the dogs are/will be fine.

  24. ezpz says:


  25. Naja pallida says:

    Flashbangs are intended to be used in close quarters, so their effective radius is pretty limited.

  26. Blogvader says:

    There are many things about WWII that, whether you think it was a just war or not, were clearly unjust. The bombing of Dresden, as well as those of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, were clearly unjust by my reckoning. Japan was ready to surrender if we’d simply allow them to keep their emperor on the throne.

    In the end WWII became as much about intimidating Russia as it was about defeating Hitler.

  27. Well, that gets us into a debate about collateral damage during wartime. It’s a valid debate, on both sides, I think. Is there a difference between attempting to kill innocent people, and knowing that your attack, in a just war, will also incidentally kill innocent people? I think there is. If you think the war is unjust, then the collateral damage isn’t acceptable because the war isn’t just. But the discussion is harder, and more interesting, if you take a war that’s just, then discuss whether civil casualties are acceptable. WWII comes to mind :)

  28. tasmedic says:

    I can’t get it out of my head that 2 young men, who are just suspects, could be dealt with like this in a Country where Law and Order are supposed to be priorities. First the trial by media, then one of them shot 12 times by over enthusiastic police, no due process there, and the other one nearly killed the same way. Now try to imagine that either of them could be innocent “until proven guilty”, and you’ll see why parents of teenagers, as I am, could be horrified by the way the media and police acted in this case. Now the media are taliking about this remaining crippled guy being tried in a military court, although he is an American Citizen. It looks like the US has become what it once most hated… a totalitarian police state, with no respect for the human rights of its young people.

  29. Blogvader says:

    Whether Afghan or American, the bombing of innocent people is abominable. I really wish that more folks could empathize with the bombings of innocent people that occur outside of the United States with as much enthusiasm as we’ve seen this week.

  30. karmanot says:

    Maybe he won’t be able to share how ‘agents’ approached his brother before the

    Chechnya journey to come back as a sleeper. If this is another FBI setup gone wrong, damn them to hell.

  31. No, if an innocent person had been shot, I’d feel really bad for that innocent person, and I’d expect an investigation of the shooting. And I’d still be reminding you that 176 other people were injured by this jerk and his brother and there’s every reason to believe they would have planned other attacks had they gotten away. So yeah, unless you can give an example of how we’re “giving up our rights” here – this is not post-9/11, the cops did it exactly the way they should have – all you’re doing is sympathizing with a terrorist.

    And he was “the other,” he was a freaking terrorist. What part of blowing up a couple hundred people are you failing to understand here?

  32. I agree, in this case, from what we know, the cops did EVERYTHING the way we always want them to do – they were as measured with their violence as they could be, didn’t just rush into someone’s yard like a bull in a china shop, used all their intelligence assets to find out what was going on first, etc. Not going to fault hem for this one.

  33. I’m less worried worried about the police state when it concerns a kid who just blew up hundreds of people, and knowingly set a bomb down next to an eight year old boy. He can fry in hell.

  34. Oh just saw this, thanks Geoff

  35. Oh can you imagine, insurance is going to have a field day calling this one an act of god

  36. At the time the reports were “a body” – but when you watch the video you can see at one point, after the flash bang, taht he kind of moves his hand near his head, and moves his head.

  37. Honestly.

  38. That’s interesting, if true.

  39. Wanted to, or was so injured that the couldn’t move and couldn’t figure out what to do.

  40. People were inside their homes, again, at that point – so I suspect it was damn loud inside the house, but also suspect ˆt wouldn’t do any damage, any of the disorientation etc that you get when it goes off in the room, or in the boat, with you.

  41. Moderator4 says:

    Yes. He/she has been deleted and marked as spam. Thank you, geoffmartin7777.

  42. nicho says:

    Wow — valedictorian of Self-Important Asshole School

  43. hoary_nodens says:

    Aww how cute, I am a thumb-sucking douchebag. I saw the sheep cheering the hordes of paramilitary troops swarming their streets, begging to be saved. I think that paints its own negative light. Suppose some innocent person had been shot by one of those thousands of stormtoopers, I would still be a thumb-sucking douchebag wouldn’t I :)

    You must be some of those people who gladly would give up their rights (and mine) to be protected from the “other”. I bet you think I am the “other” don’t you. Go ahead, characterize me. What puffed up little things you are. I ‘m laughing at you!

    He didn’t need his miranda rights read to him, he was the “other”, he was a threat. Drip drip drip. The corp-mil-gov response in Boston was an experiment, a test. It worked. Americans will plead for the police state as long as they can still watch John Stewart and get that warm fuzzy feeling of superiority.

    BTW I think John Stewart is hilarious.

    Go Police state Go! USA USA USA!

  44. geoffmartin7777 says:

    my co-worker’s sister-in-law makes $83 hourly on the computer.
    my co-worker’s step-sister makes $66/hr on the computer.
    my buddy’s mother makes $63 an hour on the internet.
    my buddy’s mother makes $85 every hour on the internet.
    my best friend’s mother makes $88 an hour on the laptop.
    my classmate’s sister-in-law makes $85/hour on the laptop.
    my neighbor’s step-mother makes $79/hour on the laptop.
    my classmate’s sister makes $89 every hour on the computer.
    my co-worker’s step-mother makes $63/hour on the computer.
    my co-worker’s step-sister makes $87/hr on the computer.
    my friend’s step-aunt makes $83 hourly on the computer.
    my roomate’s aunt makes $63 hourly on the laptop



  45. cyvokarepyl says:

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  46. karmanot says:

    All that is true.

  47. nicho says:

    But according to reports, his “throat injury” did not prevent him from swearing profusely at the medical workers in the ambulance. So, I’m guessing they’ll get more info out of him. All they need are nods yes and no and the ability to point at pictures. Also, I’m guessing there is more than enough data on these guys’ computer and cell phones to give a treasure trove of data.

  48. nicho says:

    Actually, this was a case of police doing exactly what we want them to do. I have a lot of beefs about the police and a police state, but this was an intensive and effective use of police power. Hundreds of thousands of people were on edge, these buys were clearly planning on blowing up more people, a lot of people were inconvenienced (gratefully) for a short time, and the case was brought to a conclusion.

    The thousands of people in the streets of Watertown cheering the cops was a clear sign of the feelings of the community. The Boston-Cambridge-Watertown area is about the most liberal-leftist area in the country, but people were out cheering the police.

    Unfortunately, there are a few thumb-sucking douchebags like the OP who try to paint it in a negative light.

  49. RyansTake says:

    If his brain is intact, we’ll get answers out of him.

    Pardon my lack of sympathy for whether or not he’ll ever be able to actually speak again. There are 4 people dead and god knows how many people have lost limbs or been brain damaged because of him.

  50. ezpz says:

    Don’t those flash bangs affect people in the vicinity too?
    Thankfully, I know next to nothing about that.

  51. ezpz says:

    Not to worry – Diane Sawyer’s got it covered.

    Seriously – I was flipping around the channels that night and when I got to ABC, Diane Sawyer was worried about his poor boat and was suggesting that people contribute for him to get a new one, chuckling the whole while.

    Also, the caption on ABC said there was a “body” in the boat.

    And Richard-hair-on-fire-Clark was saying that the suspect probably bled out and was most likely dead.

  52. FLL says:

    But as long as he is conscious and his brain isn’t damaged, he certainly can communicate by writing and typing.

  53. FLL says:

    It seems likely that he wanted to die. He knew he was seriously injured and losing blood, and that he would probably lose consciousness and die of blood loss after one or two days. Instead of stumbling to someone’s front door and saying that he was wounded and ready to surrender, he sought out a secluded place where he thought no one would find him, which is what someone would do if they had chosen to die.

  54. Apparently young Tsarnaev was so badly hurt that he might never be able to answer questions. He was shot in the throat it seems, among other things:

  55. karmanot says:

    This is the kind-of mentality that digs pit bull fighting. There is no sympathy for the terrorist Mr., but for Christ’s sake where in the f**k is your humanity and common decency?

  56. karmanot says:

    Or in will end up in a creep museum right next to the pizza Jesus and the Holy Mother moldy bread slice.

  57. Dave of the Jungle says:


  58. BeccaM says:

    I’m thinking “probably covered under homeowner’s insurance.”

    But in any case, don’t you think there’ll be plenty of ghouls who’d happily pay several times more than the boat was originally worth, just to have it? Or perhaps to put it on display, like was done with Bonnie & Clyde’s car?

  59. mark_in_toronto says:

    Gee . . . does the poor guy get a new boat?

  60. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… I’m guessing the answer is “no, he wouldn’t have survived another night.” The human body can be amazing resilient, but there’s only so much blood a person can lose before it’s goodnight Irene.

  61. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Looks like the guy was already too far gone to be affected much by the flash bangs.

  62. nicho says:

    We’ll put a couple of shrapnel bombs to blow up your family and see how you feel about that, asshole.

  63. hoary_nodens says:

    Rad! Go Police state Go! USA USA USA!

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