Slain MIT officer identified as Sean Collier

    9:05 AM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier killed in shooting with Boston bombing suspects.
    • Police set up a perimeter outside the Arsenal Mall as they pursue possible suspects following a spate of shootings on April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. Earlier, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed at the school's campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer said to have been shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

    The Middlesex district attorney's office says Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

    MIT Police Chief John DiFava says Collier was a dedicated officer who was liked by his colleagues and the MIT community.

    Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle in Cambridge at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Authorities say he was shot by the two suspects in Monday's marathon bombings.

    For more on the Boston bombings, visit THV 11's special coverage page.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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