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Photographer 'relieved of duty' after releasing new photos of bombing suspect Tsarnaev

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A Massachusetts State Police photographer leaked photos from the night Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured after 'Rolling Stone' put Tsarnaev on the cover of the August issue. (Source: CNN) A Massachusetts State Police photographer leaked photos from the night Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured after 'Rolling Stone' put Tsarnaev on the cover of the August issue. (Source: CNN)
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

(RNN) - A photographer with the Massachusetts State Police has been "relieved of duty" after Boston Magazine published photos he took the night alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured.

Sgt. Sean Murphy released the photographs to Boston Magazine.

The magazine says even though he was relieved of duty, he was not fired and that his employment status would be reviewed next week. He has also reportedly been told not to speak to the media.

Boston Magazine says Murphy turned over his gun, badge, ammo and other police-issued items.

"I think he was genuinely worried about the impact on the families of the victims and worried that some people may be compelled to replicate that from the glamour [of being on a magazine cover]," John Wolfson, of Boston Magazine, told CNN.

Murphy said in statement featured on the magazine's website, "... I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has every 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."

In some of the photographs, a laser can be seen trained on Tsarnaev's head as he exits the boat where he was hiding.

In one of the photos, Tsarnaev's face is clearly bloodied.

"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 their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine," Murphy told Boston Magazine.

Reaction to the magazine's choice of photo was swift, with drug store chains CVS and Walgreens refusing to sell the Aug. 3 issue.

Tsarnaev's brother, Tamerlan, was killed during a shootout with police as Dhokhar made his escape.

Dhokhar was arrested several hours later, hiding in a boat in a backyard.

On June 27, a federal grand jury returned a 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev, alleging he used a weapon of mass destruction.

On April 15, two explosive devices exploded within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, held annually on Patriots Day. Three people died as a result, and more than 260 were injured.

Authorities said the explosives were housed inside pressure cookers with nails and metal ball bearings.

Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy, stood with his family at the end of the race when the explosives ignited. He was killed, and his mother and 6-year-old sister lost their legs as a result.

Lu Lingzi, 23, a Chinese national attending Boston University in pursuit of her Master's degree, was killed as well. Krystle Campbell, a restaurant manager from Medford, MA, also died.

Tsarnaev is also charged in the shooting death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean A. ­Collier, who was killed in his police cruiser.

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