MIT Officer Killed, Reports of Shootout in Watertown

The scene of heavy police activity in Watertown.

Update 1:26 a.m. 

Police may have unexploded devices on Laurel and Dexter, getting residents out of there. 

Another possible suspect may be involved. 

Update 1:25 a.m.

Suspect is being held at Mt. Auburn St. and Adams St. in Watertown. 

Update 1:22 a.m.

Boston Police Chief Linskey is on scene. 

Update 1:20 a.m.

Police believe they have second suspect in custody. Potential mistaken identity, police are confirming. 

Update 1:17 a.m.

“Party on the ground, Boston PD is requesting assistance on Upland.” – Watertown PD Scanner

Update 1:16 a.m.

One suspect remains at large. Another in custody. 

Update 1:03 a.m.

Two officers are down at the scene in Watertown, as is one of the two suspects, according to police scanner reports.

Update 12:55 a.m.

Two men allegedly hijacked a black Mercedes SUV in Cambridge around midnight, according to police scanner reports. The men let the driver out of the vehicle on Memorial Drive about 30 minutes later, according to the reports.

Police then tracked the vehicle to Watertown and are currently in a shootout with the suspects near 105 Laurel St. in Watertown, according to the reports. There are also reports of explosions in that area.

It is unclear if this incident is related to the MIT shooting at this time.


A MIT Police officer is dead after a campus shooting near Vassar and Main Streets, the Middlesex District Attorney confirmed early Friday morning. 

The officer was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was reportedly shot, a press release reads. Evidence was found of “multiple gunshot wounds.” 

He was pronounced deceased at Mass General Hospital. Authorities are aware of no other victims.

No arrests have been made and the situation is ongoing. 

According to a report in the The Atlantic, MIT released an emergency alert at 10:48p.m. Thursday. 

“Shots fired near 32 Vassar Street (Stata Center),” the notice read. “Police officer down. Please stay inside.”

At 12:01 a.m., the official MIT Twitter account tweeted, “Police are sweeping the campus in relation to the shooting at Building 32/76 (Stata/Koch), continue to stay indoors until further notice.”

Patch will update this story as more details become available. 

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