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ORLANDO, Fla. – An FBI agent in Orlando shot dead a man questioned in the Boston bombing investigation whom the agency says turned violent during an interview early Wednesday.
The suspect was identified by the FBI as Ibragim Todashev, 27, of Orlando.
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the agent involved in the shooting on Peregrine Avenue near Kirkman and Vineland roads, near Universal Orlando, acted on an imminent threat and shot Todashev during an interview. The FBI agent was “conducting official duties” when Todashev initiated a “violent confrontation” and was shot, agent Dave Couvertier said in a statement.
The agent was with two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel at the time, Couvertier said.
“I heard a couple loud bangs, I saw a couple cop cars riding by,” said Jared Morse, who lives in the area. “They wouldn’t let anyone out to see anything or anything like that, so they made us go back inside.”
A source told FOX 25 News in Boston that Todashev was being questioned by an FBI agent from Boston about an unsolved triple murder in Waltham, Mass. The source said Todashev became violent during the interview and was shot by the agent.
Khusen Taramov, a man at the scene of the Peregrine Avenue shooting who identified himself as a friend of Todashev’s, said Wednesday that Todashev knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother suspected in the April 15 bombings that killed three and injured more than 260.
Taramov said he and Todashev had no connection with the Boston bombings, but the FBI had been questioning them since then. Taramov said Todashev had lived in Boston at one point, and Todashev and Tsarnaev were not friends, just acquaintances through mixed-martial-arts fighting.
“He used to talk on the phone with him [Tsarnaev],” Taramov said of Todashev. “They talked last time a month ago. After the bombing, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Public records indicate that Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., until just last year. Taramov said ever since the bombings, he and Todashev had been questioned and followed by the FBI.
“The FBI kept asking, ‘What’s the connection?’ But there is no connection… no connection.”
Even before his encounter with the FBI, Todashev had a recent run-in with law enforcement.
He was arrested earlier this month on a charge of aggravated battery after getting into a fight over a parking spot with a 54-year-old man and his 35-year-old son at Orlando’s Premium Outlets mall. The 35-year-old man was hospitalized with a split upper lip and several teeth knocked out, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Taramov said Todashev had planned to return to Chechnya but canceled his tickets.
“Me and him and my friends, we knew this was going to happen. That’s why he wanted to leave the country,” Taramov said. “But he canceled the tickets. The FBI’s been pushing him, ‘Don’t leave, don’t leave.’ So he decided to stay,” he said.
Taramov said the FBI had questioned him earlier Tuesday, but he was allowed to leave. When Taramov returned, he said he found out Todashev had been shot dead, he said.
The FBI agent involved was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The FBI has sent a team from Washington, D.C., to review the incident. The team should arrive in Orlando within 24 hours, it said.
“The FBI knows what happened,” Taramov said.
More via CBS.
A friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev implicated himself and Tsarnaev in an unsolved triple homicide before authorities say he instigated a violent confrontation that resulted in his death early Wednesday morning, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reported.
But sources say during questioning Tuesday night, Todashev implicated himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the killings. As investigators pushed at him towards a confession, he snapped, reported Orr.
Law enforcement officials say the 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter made a move that threatened the investigators. The FBI agent, who suffered cuts in the altercation, shot and killed Todashev.
The FBI became interested in him after phone records suggested a connection to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Over several weeks agents kept tabs on Todashev and questioned him a handful of times. The FBI found nothing connecting Todashev to the Boston attacks.
So multiple FBI agents and Massachusetts state police/martial law officers (in Florida) went to interview this a guy who was friends with two Muslim terrorists who killed four and wounded 200 and eluded an entire police force for a day and they didn’t secure the suspect or the area during the interview? They didn’t video tape the interview? The suspect then implicated himself in a triple murder, wasn’t placed under arrest or secured at that point, made a threatening move and was subsequently shot dead. Case closed?
Color us skeptical. If this was Iraq and it was an Army Ranger acting in self defense, he’d end up in jail serving 25 years.
Update: Officials: it’s no longer clear what happened in the moments before the fatal shooting
Initially, FBI officials said Todashev, 27, became violent and lunged at an agent with a knife while he was being questioned about Tsarnaev and an unsolved 2011 triple murder in the Boston suburb of Waltham. The agent, acting on an “imminent threat,” then shot Todashev, they said.
However, later in the day, some of those officials had backed off that preliminary account, and it’s no longer clear what happened in the moments before the fatal shooting, The Associated Press reported.
Update 2: Unrelated, or not? Can things get any more surreal in this administration? FBI: Agents died in fall from helicopter off Va. coast
Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.
Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
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