A US police
his capture in
anger at the
picture used by
its next cover.
Police Sgt Sean Murphy said his photos
showed "the real bomber" - the
magazine cover was "hurtful" to the
victims' memories and their families.
The images , given to Boston Magazine,
show him with the red dot of a laser
sight of a sniper rifle on his face.
The bombings killed three people.
More than 260 were injured in the two
explosions at the marathon finish line on
Mr Tsarnaev is also accused of the
murder of a fourth person, a university
police officer, who was allegedly shot
dead by him and his brother Tamerlan in
the days after the attack.
The pictures were taken when Mr
Tsarnaev, wounded after a gunfight with
police, was found hiding in a dry-docked
boat in a residential garden.
'Relieved of duty'
A spokesman for state police said the
release of the photos had not been
authorised, and they would not be given
to other news media.
The spokesman also said Sgt Murphy, a
police photographer, was subject to an
A tweet from the author of the Boston
Magazine article said Sgt Murphy had
been "relieved of duty".
Sgt Murphy said he leaked the picture to
show the 'real Boston bomber'
The police photographer told the
magazine he released the contrasting
images of Mr Tsarnaev as a response to
the Rolling Stone cover.
The latest pictures show the "real Boston
bomber, not someone fluffed and buffed
for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine",
Sgt Murphy said.
"These were real people, with real lives,
with real families," he said in a
statement. "And to have this cover
dropped into Boston was hurtful to their
memories and their families."
On Wednesday, Rolling Stone defended
its decision to put Mr Tsarnaev on the
cover, saying it was committed to
serious, thoughtful coverage.
But two Massachusetts-based
convenience store chains, Rockland and
Tedeschi Food Shops, and national
pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens,
said they would not stock the edition.
An outpouring of angry comments
appeared on social media networks
saying the magazine cover was tasteless.