An unnamed FBI agent shot and killed Chechen-born Ibragim Todashev this morning, a Florida resident who was questioned about his link to Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. FBI spokesman Dave Couvertier has reported to Yahoo News that the shooting is now under investigation to identify the exact chain of events that led to the shooting of the 27-year-old.
The shooting occurred in an Orlando apartment complex just after midnight this morning when the unidentified FBI agent and two Massachusetts State troopers were interviewing Todashev about his possible connection with the Boston bombings and a “violent confrontation was initiated by the individual” states Couvertier. The FBI agent involved in the questioning also “sustained non-life threatening injuries” Couvertier adds.
Todashev’s friend Khusen Taramov was also questioned by the police about his possible connection to the Boston bombing terror attacks. In a statement to WESH-TV, Taramov describes the circumstances of the three hours of questioning he and Todashev participated in on Tuesday with the FBI.
“They were talking to us and they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back… He felt inside he was going to get shot. I told him, ‘Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.’”
According to Taramov, Todashev met Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Boston while competing in a mixed martial arts tournament, but they did not have a close relationship. Todashev had plans to go back to Chechnya, but the FBI convinced him to postpone those plans until the questioning was complete. “He had a [plane] ticket to New York. From there, he was going to go home. [The agent was] pushing him to stay saying, ‘We want to interview you one last time.’”
The Orlando Sun Sentinel also reported that Todashev was arrested earlier this month on aggravated assault charges after leaving a man bloodied and unconscious after fighting over a parking spot.
“The Sheriff’s office report says that two men were fighting and one – later identified as Todashev- was leaving the scene in a vehicle, while the other was on the ground, appeared unconscious, and surrounded by “a considerable amount of blood.”
Deputies pursued Todashev, pulled him over and ordered him out of his car at gunpoint, according to the [arrest] report. The victim, who had a split upper lip and “several teeth knocked out of place,” did not want to press charges. ” Todashev told police he was “only fighting to protect his knee because he had surgery in March.”
26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarvnaev was killed in a shootout with police in Watertown, Massachussetts after police identified him and his brother Dzhokhar as suspects in the Boston bombings that left three people dead and over 250 people injured. Dzohokhar, 19, was arrested after he was found with several gunshot wounds and rushed to intensive care. Dzhokhar’s hearing has been postponed according to the AP, as lawyers have requested more time to obtain and review evidence in the case. Judge Marianne Bowler has agreed to move the hearing from May 30 back to July 2, 2013.
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