Police, citizens, technology lead to Boston bombing manhunt’s success

Updated 9:52 PM EDT, Sat April 20, 2013

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(CNN) —  

That didn’t take long.

For a moment, the manhunt into the Boston Marathon bombings seemed as if it would last a while.

But an alchemy of police work, citizen involvement and technology yielded big breaks in the case and brought the manhunt to a quick conclusion, ending in the death of one suspect and the capture of his younger brother in the same week as the terror attacks, which killed three people and injured almost 200 people at the marathon.

That collective effort was praised by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who credited the manhunt’s success to “all of those law enforcement resources, assets and, more important, people, professionals who brought their ‘A’ game.”

Solving the case was led by a war-like deployment of police. One officer, however, was killed by the suspects.