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Harvard Issues Report on Marathon Bombing Response

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University report on the response to the Boston Marathon bombings was largely positive but criticized law enforcement for the chaotic gunfight in which one suspect was killed and a police officer seriously injured, because it lacked coordination.

The 50-page report by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership released Thursday said the response to the April 15 explosions that killed three was the result of “years of investment of time and hard work by people across multiple jurisdictions.”

The report says the gunfight on the Friday after the explosions became confusing as officers from multiple agencies arrived in Watertown and opened fire, placing themselves and the public in danger. The report suggested better training to avoid “contagious” gunfire.

No official report on the shooting has been released.

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