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How Boston Police Won the Twitter Wars During the Marathon Bomber Hunt

Hundreds celebrated on Hemingway Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood after police announced the second bombing suspect's capture
Hundreds celebrated on Hemingway Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood after police announced the second bombing suspect's capturePhotograph by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images

The first official announcement that law enforcement agencies had concluded their manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev didn’t come at a press conference by police commissioner Ed Davis or Mayor Tom Menino. It didn’t come from a press release or a dispatch over a police scanner. It came instead from two tweets:

The final tweet, from the Twitter account of the Boston Police Department just before 9 p.m. on April 19, was sent by Deputy Superintendent John Daly. The officer who runs the official Twitter account of the Boston Police confirms that this was the first official dispatch.