Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced that plans recreate the Watertown Shootout on the same streets that the incident occurred have been scrapped.
Driscoll sent out the announcement Friday afternoon:
“Upon further reflection, filming the recreation of the Watertown Shootout when police encountered the Boston Marathon Bombers at the intersection of Dexter Avenue and Laurel Street is not in the best interest of Watertown.
Therefore, CBS Films will proceed with identifying another location to film the Shootout outside of the Town of Watertown.”
The announcement came after a week of emotional responses by many residents about re-enacting the firefight between Watertown Police and the Tsarnaev brothers on April 19, 2013.
CBS Films had met with residents of Laurel Street to discuss plans, but the meeting held on Feb. 12 did not include other nearby residents. Many reacted negatively to the idea, but others wanted to honor first responders with a faithful recreation of the events.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg, and CBS Films announced this week that Oscar winner J.K. Simmons would portray Watertown Police Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese.