April 18, 2013 11:32 pm
Updated: April 19, 2013 2:26 am

Massive manhunt in Boston hours after MIT police officer killed

Police investigate the scene where a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed at the camous on April 18, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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WATERTOWN, Mass. – Police have converged on a neighbourhood outside Boston where there were reports of explosives being
detonated and police are telling reporters to turn off their

Dozens of officers and National Guard members are in Watertown, where television outlets report that gunfire and explosions have been heard. A helicopter is circling overhead.

Authorities early Friday were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after

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someone shouted “fire in the hole.”

Reporters are being told to move away from the scene. A police officer told a reporter: “If you want to live, turn off your

Earlier Thursday night a campus police officer was shot and killed at MIT and authorities were searching for the person

The shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. local time outside an MIT building. The officer is described as a male but no further information about him has been released.

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.

It is unknown whether the two events are related, but MIT has told people on campus the university is now secure.

About 11,000 people attend the prestigious school.

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