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UPDATE: MIT officer shot and killed; tied to Boston Marathon attack


CAMBRIDGE, MA (WKOW) -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has identified the police officer killed in the line of duty Thursday evening as Patrol Officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, MA.

MIT Police Chief John DiFava stated, "Sean was one of these guys who really looked at police work as a calling.  He was born to be a police officer."

Collier served as a member of the MIT Police since January 9, 2012, following service as a civilian employee with the Somerville Police Department.  

Collier was shot Thursday evening following an altercation on campus with the suspects in the Boston Marathon deadly explosions.  He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The MIT Police, Cambridge Police Department and Massachusetts State Police are continuing their investigation of the circumstances surrounding Collier's death.

"The loss of Officer Collier is deeply painful to the entire MIT community," said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. "Our thoughts today are with his family, his friends, his colleagues on our police force and, by all accounts, the many other members of our community who knew him. This is a senseless and tragic loss."


CAMBRIDGE (WKOW) -- Police say one of two suspects in the shooting of an MIT police officer is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another, who is tied to the Boston Marathon bombing.

Shortly after the MIT officer was shot Thursday night, police got a report of a carjacking in Cambridge, just outside Boston.

Police say of the at-large suspect, "We believe this to be a terrorist."

Police say they're looking for the man in the "white hat." The suspect in the "black hat" has been pronounced dead.

The FBI said it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.

The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.

State police spokesman David Procopio had said there was a "strong possibility" the incidents are related.

The MIT officer had been responding to report of a disturbance Thursday night when he was shot multiple times, according to a statement from the Middlesex district attorney's office and Cambridge police. It said there were no other victims.

In Watertown, witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.

State police spokesman David Procopio said, "The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers."

Stay with WKOW.com for the latest information.


CAMBRIDGE (WKOW) -- A university police officer has died after being shot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge late Thursday night.

The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. outside a building on campus.

   Cambridge police and the Middlesex District Attorney's office says the officer was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was shot multiple times. He later died at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio says authorities are looking for a suspect or suspects and no arrests have been made.

Stay with WKOW 27 News for the latest on this story.


CAMBRIDGE (WKOW) -- A university police officer was shot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge late Thursday night.

State police say the male officer has life-threatening injuries. The officer's name has not been released.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. outside a building on campus.

On the school's emergency alert page, officials asked students to stay indoors and away from the building and surrounding area.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio says authorities are searching for a suspect or suspects. No arrests have been made.

MIT police, Cambridge police and state police are involved in the investigation.



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