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Chief: Slain MIT Officer was “Dedicated” and “Well Liked”

(Photo Courtesy: Middlesex County Dist. Atty.)

(Photo Courtesy: Middlesex County Dist. Atty.)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been identified as 26-year-old Sean Collier.

The Middlesex district attorney’s officer says Collier was a Somerville resident who had worked at MIT since January 2012. Before that, he was a civilian employee of the Somerville Police Department.

MIT Police Chief John DiFava says Collier was a dedicated officer who was well liked by his colleagues and the MIT community.

Collier was found shot several times in his vehicle in the area of Vassar and Main streets in Cambridge at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

He was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The suspects later carjacked a vehicle and drove to Watertown, where one was killed in a shootout with police.