EXTRAORDINARY new pictures have emerged of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with a laser mounted gun pointed at his head as gave himself up to police.
Sergeant Sean Murphy, a tactical photographer with the Massachusetts State Police, released the dramatic image after he was angered by a 'Rolling Stone' magazine cover which has been criticised for making the bomber look like a rock star.
The photograph captures the moment that the injured 19-year-old emerged from his hiding place – a boat stored in the backyard of a house in the Boston Suburbs.
It shows how a police sniper had a laser-mounted weapon pointed at his head.
His arrest followed a massive manhunt by police during which his brother Tamerlan (26), was fatally injured after a gunfight with police.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled that incident and was later cornered by officers, cowering in the boat four days after the bombing.
He was arrested after a lengthy fire fight during which he sustained injuries to his head, neck and legs and hand.
Sgt Murphy released the pictures of his arrest to 'Boston Magazine' saying the 'Rolling Stone' cover was "an insult" to police and the victims of the bombing.
He said: "This guy is evil. This is the real Boston bomber.
"Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of 'Rolling Stone' magazine."
Three people – two women, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard – died in the April bombing.
'Rolling Stone' magazine has a picture of the younger Tsarnaev brother on its latest cover along with the headline "The Bomber: how a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster". At least five retail chains in the US have announced they will not stock the edition.
'Rolling Stone' said the story was part of its "serious and thoughtful" coverage of political issues.