Nightly News   |  April 20, 2013

Chief: Suspects were prepared to strike again

The Watertown, Mass., police department is only about 60 officers strong. And over the last two days it was tested in ways that even the biggest police forces will rarely or ever experience. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

Share This:

This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program.

>> of watertown where this all ended is only about 60 officers strong and over the last two days, it was tested in ways that even the biggest police forces will rarely or ever experience. this afternoon, i spoke with watertown chief about the larger implications about what his officers accomplished. based on what you've seen, the weapons, the fact they had other explosives, in your mind, do you think they were prepared to attack again somewhere else?

>> oh, you know, i don't know for sure, but my gut tells me that yes. i mean, if they have another you know, pressure cooker bomb, they weren't saving that for the watertown police. they were saving that to try to do another event.

>> your officers may have stoppeded another attack.

>> i strongly believe that. he also told me he gets choked up when he thinks about the cheers and thanks the residents last night for their job well done. the