Bombing suspect took bullet in the face, documents say

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BOSTON — Boston marathon bombing suspect DzhokharTsarnaev suffered multiple and severe gunshot injuries before his capture in April, newly released court documents show.

The most serious of the injuries was a gunshot wound that appeared to enter through the left inside of his mouth and exit through the lower left side of his face, said Stephen Ray Odom, a trauma surgeon who treated Tsarnaev at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, … his … vertebrae … as well as injury to the pharynx, (and) the mouth.” Odom said in testimony given April 22, three days after Tsarnaev was arrested following the bombing.


Courtesy CNN/ Via Boston Magazine

His testimony, unsealed Monday, does not say whether the 20-year-old college student inflicted the wound on himself or suffered it during his showdown with police April 19.

Authorities cornered him in a boat in the backyard of a Watertown, Massachusetts, home after an intense manhunt.

Another document unsealed Monday said a special team of federal agents were able to speak with the seriously wounded Tsarnaev for about two days without any Miranda warnings being given, under a “public safety exception.” The document shows he was read his Miranda rights in the hospital on April 22.

Tsarnaev is charged with killing four people — three spectators who died in the April 15 bombings and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer ambushed in his cruiser a few days later.

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