Report: Lack of gun discipline when marathon bombers found

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BOSTON — A report by Massachusetts’ emergency management agency cites a “lack of weapons discipline” among some police officers during the chaotic events that unfolded when the Boston Marathon bombers were tracked down several days after the April 2013 blasts.

The report, released Friday, says the first officers who encountered suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev acted correctly with their weapons during the ensuing firefight. But it says the officers who arrived later opened fire “without necessarily having identified and lined up their target.”

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A transit police officer was seriously wounded during the gunfire. The report doesn’t say if he was shot by another officer.

The report says an officer later fired his weapon “without appropriate authority” after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was discovered hiding in a boat later that day.