Police officer testifies on Tamerlan Tsarnaev death – report
MOSCOW, March 17 (RAPSI) – Testimony of the police officer in Boston Marathon bombings trial reveals that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev drove over his brother’s body during the firefight with the police on April 19, 2013, The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday.
Sergeant Jeffrey J. Pugliese who was present at the scene of shootout between the police forces and Tsarnaev brothers told the US District Court that he engaged in an intense personal fight with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan has run out of ammo and tried to flee but officer Pugliese has tackled him down from behind, The Boston Globe reported.
Officer tried to grab Tamerlan and pull him on the sidewalk when he was warned by his colleagues about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who was speeding up towards policeman and his brother on a stolen Mercedes Benz. Dzhokhar has driven over his brother’s body and escaped while Pugliese has barely avoided the collision, The Boston Globe reported.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. IEDs devised from pressure cookers, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, and other materials were hidden in backpacks that were then placed near metal barricades in areas packed with hundreds of spectators.
Tsarnaev was arrested following a dramatic manhunt during which his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan was killed, as was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Tsarnaev was charged on April 21 with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
US prosecutors filed their notice of intent to pursue the death penalty against Tsarnaev on January 30, 2014. The government is seeking the death penalty for the accused.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 criminal counts.