FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

Authorities Think Tsarnaev's Friend May Have Supplied Gun Used to Kill MIT Officer

July 23, 2014  | 

Photo of Officer Sean Collier courtesy of MIT
Photo of Officer Sean Collier courtesy of MIT

Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill a university policeman during a manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother, reports the Associated Press.

Stephen Silva, who also enrolled at the same university as Tsarnaev, was arrested this week on charges of heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. The gun was used to kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology police Officer Sean Collier while the Tsarnaevs were being sought, according to two people with knowledge of the case who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the investigation.

Silva told police he smoked marijuana every day because "my best friend was the bomber," court documents say.

Silva was a close friend of Tsarnaev, who's accused with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, of setting off bombs at the April 2013 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others, and then ambushing Collier days later and shooting him multiple times in his car. He's one of five men connected to the Tsarnaevs who have been charged in the bombing investigation.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Boston Marathon Bombing


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Milwaukee Chief Calls Out Black Activists Over Their Priorities After Public Meeting
A video of an emotional Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn decrying community activists...
Police Unions Call for Mandatory Body Armor, Seat Belt Policies
During the past three decades, 42% of police killed in auto accidents were not wearing...
New Jersey Officer Charged with Shooting Patrol Car
Da'Shaun Carr, 23, of Clayton, was charged Nov. 17 with false public alarm in the incident...
Video: Rookie NYPD Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man in Brooklyn Project
Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said that the victim, Akai Gurley, was "a total...
Video: Officer Darren Wilson Discussing Resignation with Ferguson Officials
Wilson has told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine