President Obama meets with members of his national security team, April 19, 2013. (Pete Souza/White House)
President Barack Obama called Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino on Friday afternoon to express his condolences for an MIT police officer killed overnight during a manhunt for the suspects behind Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, according to a White House official.
MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass., was shot and killed during the manhunt, and another police officer, Richard H. Donahue Jr., 33, was shot and is in stable condition at Mt. Auburn Hospital, according to the Boston Globe.
Appearing to echo remarks he made Thursday at an interfaith service for the three individuals killed and over 170 injured in Monday's twin bombings at the race's finish line, the official said the president stated in his phone calls that the country is behind the people of Boston and Massachusetts, and that the full force of the government will continue to be made available to them as they pursue those responsible for the attacks.
News of Obama's phone calls to Patrick and Menino were released following a day behind closed doors for the president, as the nation searched for details about suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is on the run. Tsarnaev's brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was also a suspect and was killed by police during a shootout.
Obama was most recently briefed in the Oval Office by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco in a meeting that ended shortly before 4 p.m. ET.
Earlier in the day, a cadre of top terrorist, homeland security and justice officials briefed the president in the White House Situation Room for an hour on Friday morning about the ongoing situation in Boston, a White House official said.
The complete list of participants who briefed the president and Vice President Joe Biden during that meeting were: Attorney General Eric Holder; FBI Director Robert Mueller; chief of staff Denis McDonough; National Security Adviser Tom Donilon; Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco; Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken; Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco; Deputy National Security Adviser For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes; Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines; and National Security Adviser to the Vice President Jake Sullivan.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry and CIA Director John Brennan participated by video, the White House official said.
No additional details about that briefing were released by the White House.
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