Eyewitness Disputes Police Account of Tamerlan Tsarnaev Shootout
April 29, 2013 • 9:54AM

An eyewitness to the shootout between police and the Tsarnaev brothers late at night on April 18, told Boston's WEEI 93.7 FM that it was a police SUV, and not the stolen SUV driven by Dzokhar Tsarnaev, that ran over Tamerlan. The woman, only identified by her first name, Linda, told radio talk show hosts that police opened fire on Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the street right in front of the Dexter Street house in Watertown where she was staying with her boyfriend. She told the radio station that she found it hard to believe that Tamerlan had survived the barrage of bullet fire, and she said she was convinced he was dead when he was put in an ambulance moments later. She also reported police dragging neighbors out of their homes at gunpoint after the shootout had ended.

This eyewitness account, aired on the morning of April 19, just hours after the Dexter Street shootout, contradicts the report provided by the chief of police of Watertown, who told reporters that police were taking Tamerlan into custody when the younger brother drove his stolen SUV over his brother's body as police dodged out of the way of the speeding van. Police had also reported that the younger brother, Dzokhar, had fired at police from inside the boat in which he was hiding after he evaded the police dragnet. It was later reported that he was unarmed.