Nervous, Kiran, persuaded her husband to inspect their basement and to check on an elderly neighbor.
“We began to wonder when it would end,” she said.
Shortly after police lifted the order to stay at home early Friday evening, Franklin Street homeowner David Henneberry ventured outside his house. He noticed something suspicious about the tarp on the boat docked in his yard and drew closer for inspection.
“He saw some blood and a body lying down,” said neighbor Joe Morrissey. “He told me he jumped up, dialed 911 and there was a cavalcade of police.”
Neighbors say the boat under tarp is a familiar sight in the backyard – it can be seen easily by anyone glancing up the driveway – but that Henneberry keeps a low profile.
“He’s an awesome fellow, a great gentleman,” said Frank Farrell, the safety officer at the nearby Watertown Yacht Club, where Henneberry is a member.
In his interview with CNN, Deveaux said police responded promptly to Henneberry’s call. They shut down the street and evacuated several homes. After an initial exchange of gun fire with Tsarnaev, they assaulted him with explosives known as flash bangs, meant to disorient, and a negotiator on the second floor of the house began talking to him.
Deveaux said police were worried that Tsarnaev was wearing an explosive vest – as his brother had been the night before. It took the negotiator 20 to 30 minutes to persuade the 19-year-old to lift his shirt so that authorities could see his chest.
“Once we saw that, we felt comfortable enough to send some officers with tactical equipment to go in and grab him and pull him away from the boat so he wouldn’t be able to have anything,” Deveaux said in the CNN interview.
He noted that as police were talking with Tsarnaev, a hovering state police helicopter was keeping tabs on the wounded man with a heat seeking device that could detect every movement.
It was the Watertown’s second round with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The first came when he and his brother, who had allegedly shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer, careened into the sleepy streets of Watertown in two vehicles, including a Mercedes SUV that they had carjacked.
Watertown police were able to track that car, Deveaux said, and knew what streets it was on because the carjacking victim’s cell phone was still in the vehicle. They knew they were tracking the Boston Marathon bombing suspects because they had bragged about their role to the carjacking victim, Deveaux said: "We did the Boston Marathon bombing and we killed a police officer," the chief said the victim had quoted them as saying.
Deveaux said a Watertown officer on duty spotted the two cars at about 12:30 a.m. and called for backup. But before other officers could arrive, the brothers jumped out of the cars and opened fired. “They came out shooting,” Deveaux said.
They pair carried handguns; a rifle, which Deveaux described as a long arm, was found in the car.
The police officer, still the sole responder, reversed his car to give himself some distance from the gunfire, as several more officers pulled up.
Deveaux said a shift had just ended and two off-duty officers on their way home responded to the call. Altogether, six police officers engaged in the gunfight, Deveaux said, estimating that there were more 200 shots fired over five to 10 minutes, in addition to an uncounted number of pipe bombs and other explosives that the two men were lighting and throwing.