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Screenshot of the tweets on Boston Magazine's twitter page that allege Sgt. Sean Murphy was relieved of duty since releasing new pics of Boston bomb suspect's capture.


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(USA Today/10 News)-- Angered by the Rolling Stone cover story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a Massachusetts State Police photographer has released previously unpublished images from the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, including one of him emerging bloodied from a boat where he had hidden.

PHOTOS: Dramatic images of Boston bombing suspect released

The photos, by Sgt. Sean Murphy, appeared Thursday in Boston Magazine. The state police announced hours later that the photos would be released to media outlets.

The magazine writes that Murphy, a tactical photographer and liaison to families of slain officers, released the 14 photos because he is furious over the Rolling Stone treatment of Tsarnaev.

See also: Alleged Boston bomber makes cover of Rolling Stone

It was originally not clear whether Murphy was authorized to release the photographs, but according to the Boston Magazine's twitter page Thursday night, Murphy has since been relieved of duty until a hearing next week.

Around 9 p.m., Boston Magazine re-tweeted magazine editor John Wolfson with a tweet that read, "Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty. Post coming shortly."

Another re-tweet from Wolfson followed minutes later with an update. " Murphy has been relieved but not yet fired. Duty hearing next week."

The tweets continued over the next hour saying Murphy's gun, badge, computer and more were taken from him, and that he'd been ordered not to speak to media or anyone else about events in Watertown following the Boston bombing.

As reported earlier, one officer was killed and another wounded before Tsarnaev was captured on April 19, hours after his brother died during a shootout with police in Watertown, Mass.

Murphy called the Rolling Stone cover "an insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty.

"The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something" to get on the magazine's cover, he wrote.

See also: Rolling Stone defends Boston bombing suspect cover

"This is the real Boston bomber," he said of his photos of Tsarnaev's capture. "Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

Murphy said he was speaking only for himself, not the state police. USA TODAY is seeking comment from the state police.

One of his images, taken with a telephoto lens, shows Tsarnaev climbing out of the covered boat with blood spilling down the left side of his head. His right arm is across his chest, and his left arm hangs by his side.

Other photos show medics tending to Tsarnaev, plus "a sniper's view" of the boat and of a sniper training his bead on the suspect.

Boston Magazine says it would publish a "more complete collection" in its September issue.

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