The mother of the Boston bombing suspects spoke to her eldest son minutes before a violent standoff with police in the streets of Watertown, Mass., she told ABC News.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, called his mother early Friday morning, alerting her that police were following him and his younger brother and that there had been a shooting.
“‘The police, they have started shooting at us, they are chasing us,'” Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told ABC News in a telephone interview.
The conversation ended when Tsarnaev said, “‘Mama, I love you,'” his mother said.
Tsarnaeva got frightened and started to cry and shout. He told her Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was with him before the line cut off.
Her daughter called later to say that Tamerlan had been killed.
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors say they are expected to file formal criminal charges, possibly today, against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev that could lead to the death penalty, a decision being left to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Tsarnaev could possibly be slapped with a “weapon of mass destruction” charge, which carries a penalty of death. Authorities are using the public safety exemption that gives authorities the legal bases to question Tsarnaev without delivering Miranda rights. That’s because authorities believe there is imminent threat out there.
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