Boston Magazine publishes more Tsarnaev photos


BOSTON ( – Boston magazine has published even more photos of the manhunt and capture of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

In a story titled "Behind the Scenes of The Hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," the magazine published 48 additional photos taken by Massachusetts State Police tactical photographer Sgt. Sean Murphy.

The photos give an inside glimpse at Federal, State and Local law enforcement actions during the search for Tsarnaev in Watertown, Mass. on April 19.

In addition, several more images of Tsarnaev emerging from a boat he had been holed up in have been published. In one of the photos, Tsarnaev can be seen, apparently exhausted, slumped over the edge of the boat. Another photo shows the suspected bomber lifting his shirt, blood covering his face, as he surrenders to authorities. Another shows the defeated Tsarnaev falling out of the boat as officers converge on him. Several images also show law enforcement officials treating Tsarnaev for his injuries, including a reported gunshot wound to the mouth.

Murphy gave the photos to Boston magazine in July in response to a Rolling Stone magazine cover story about Tsarnaev. He told the publication that he was "furious" with the way Tsarnaev was being portrayed on the cover of Rolling Stone and wanted to show the "actual face of terrorism."

Murphy wasn't authorized to release the photos and served a one-day unpaid suspension and was assigned to desk duty. He was later transferred to the state police barracks in Athol and was put on the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift.

State police said that Murphy's transfer to Athol was just an extension of his transfer to the field and was not a demotion or punishment.

"Because the allegation he faces is germane to his former role in media relations, the department confiscated his department-issued photography equipment," said spokesman Dave Procopio. "He is under investigation for possibly violating departmental policy and regulations by releasing departmental material obtained in his media relations position without authorization."

Procopio said Murphy remains a sergeant and his pay and benefits were not affected. He said that Murphy can bid for a different shift when the new bid cycle comes around.

State police have not commented on the additional photos.

Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty in connection with the April 15 bombing that killed three and injured or maimed 260. He's also accused of killing Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier while on the run three days later. Tsarnaev escaped from police following a shootout in the Boston suburb of Watertown that day, during which he ran over his brother and alleged co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. His brother died of injuries suffered during the confrontation.

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