It is now revealed that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston bomber, suffered multiple serious gunshot wounds when he was taken into custody.
One of those wounds was from a policeman’s gunshot to the face. According to court documents that were released on Monday, that very shot gave Tsarnaev a fractured skull.
As reported by the Daily Mail, “A trauma surgeon detailed the suspect’s condition during a hearing when the Chechen immigrant was first charged over the bombing attacks that killed three people and wounded about 264.”
Dr. Stephen Ray Odom from Beth Israel Medical Center testified, “He has multiple gunshot wounds, the most severe of which appears to have entered through the left side inside of his mouth and exited the left face, lower face.”
The doctor continued, “This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, the lateral portion of his C1 vertebrae, with a significant soft-tissue injury, as well as injury to the pharynx, the mouth, and a small vascular injury that’s been treated.”
Despite Tsarnaev’s severe injuries, he was allegedly alert and responsive while he was being taken into custody.
Odom said, “He definitely knows where he is. He knows that he has had multiple procedures, but I’m not sure how aware he is of the specifics. He knows that he has an injury to the neck and to the hand.”
Aside from the head trauma, Tsarnaev also had severe wounds on his legs and arm.
Tsarnaev was wearing a cast on his arm and had a swollen face when he appeared in court last month. He plead not guilty to the charges against him.
If he is convicted, he could face the death penalty.
Tsarnaev’s arrest came four days after he allegedly carried out the attack at the Boston Marathon with his older brother Tamerlan. Pressure cookers were used to carry out the attack. Three innocent citizens were killed that day: 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 23-year-old Lingzi Lu, and eight-year-old Martin Richard.
Three days after the attack, the Tsarnaev brothers reportedly killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology cop, Officer Collier. Tamerlan died that day after a gun battle with police, but Dzhokhar was able to escape officials for the time being.
All of Boston was then on lockdown for a day while police carried out a massive manhunt, searing for Tsarnaev. He was finally brought into custody on April 19, after he was found in a boat in someone’s backyard.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently in Fort Devens, Massachusetts, at a prison medical center.