Police officer Sean Collier, 26, has been identified as the officer that was shot and killed in cold blood by the two suspects who were also responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing last night while in his patrol car.
Massachusetts General Hospital pronounced Collier dead upon arrival last night after 10:30 p.m. when he was found between Vassar and Main streets, 10 minutes after the first reports of gun shots on the MIT campus
Collier worked in the Somerville Police Department information technology department before he joined the MIT police in January 2012, Somerville Mayor Joesph Curtatone said.
“He was an outstanding employee for us,” Curtatone said. “I have no doubt he was also an incredible officer for MIT.”
Collier was among the top candidates to be appointed to the Somerville Police Department, before he began at MIT, Curtatone said. Even after he switched employment, he helped maintain the Somerville Police Department website, which he had helped build.
Somerville police are helping regional authorities with the ongoing manhunt, but Somerville residents are in no immediate danger, Curtatone said.
The following message was posted on the MIT website:
“While the circumstance around the officer’s death remain the subject of an active investigation, what is certain is that the officer gave his life to defend the peace of our campus. His sacrifice will never be forgotten the institute. We are thinking now of his family, and our hearts are heavy.”
Our condolences to the family and friends of Sean Collier, a brave officer.