Despite the most Constitutionally invasive search and imposition of martial law on American soil in history, thousands of police officers and government agents using state-of-the-art equipment failed to locate the suspect. Instead, the most wanted man in America was stumbled on by a homeowner, who found the alleged bomber hiding in a boat parked in the driveway of his home. Why the suspect did not flee at that moment is not clear.
Instead, he waited there for police to arrive, there was another round of gunfire, and then a standoff which lasted more than two hours. When it was over, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev climbed out of the boat on his own, unassisted, and not appearing to be grievously wounded. It is not clear how he might have survived for two hours bleeding from a critical wound, much less 20 or so hours from the original confrontation with police in which his brother was killed, and then able to climb out of the boat.
Nonetheless, police were quick to report that the suspect was seriously wounded. This picture shows the suspect on the ground, likely unconscious, and being given a tracheotomy.
Now today, investigators are suggesting that the suspect tried to kill himself. There is no explanation as to why he was not successful, or why he would have allowed himself to be taken alive by police if it was his intent to die.
Did teen terrorist suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attempt to shoot himself in the throat as cops closed in?
While a throat injury is keeping the 19-year-old from talking, investigators are speculating that a bullet wound to the back of the neck may have been self-inflicted, sources told CBS News. The wound may have been caused by a gun that was fired through the mouth, the sources said.
Tsarnaev remained sedated and in serious condition Sunday after suffering unspecified injuries, including to the throat, during a police shootout and ensuing manhunt.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said he may never speak again.
"We don't know if we'll ever be able to question the individual," Menino told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
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