By William Tauro
An MIT Police officer responding to a disturbance call late Thursday night has been shot and killed in Cambridge.
The shooting took place at 32 Vassar Street in Cambridge and the officer has died from multiple gunshot wounds.
A manhunt is underway in looking for the second of the two suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Both suspects were the people of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing. One of the two brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in gunfire during the night in Watertown. The second suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous. Watertown and surrounding cities and towns including Boston are in safety lock down until the suspect is caught.
The victim is MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was a longtime employee at the Somerville Police Department prior to becoming an MIT Police Officer who worked in the IT department and was on the list to be a Somerville Police officer.
Alderman Bob Trane commented to The Somerville News on the passing of Sean Collier: “I learned of Sean’s passing during the night and I am still in shock by this devastating news. I have never met a young man so dedicated to a career in law enforcement. He showed a maturity well beyond his years. It was obvious to me from the moment I met him that he was a special person. He so wanted to help people and serve his community. This is a tragic loss for all that knew him, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Message from Mayor Curtatone was posted on his Facebook page: “My heart is literally broken over the loss of Sean Collier. He was a young man of the absolute highest quality, everything you could hope for in a son or a friend. He was close to realizing his dream of becoming a Somerville police officer and this is a staggering loss for our community. Please include his family and friends in your prayers, and pray that no other families are touched by this ongoing tragedy.”