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FBI: Man fatally shot in Boston bombing probe

Posted May 22, 2013

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A man being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case was shot to death at his home by an FBI agent Wednesday after turning violent, officials said.


The agent and two Massachusetts State Police troopers were interviewing 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, at his townhouse early Wednesday in Orlando. In a statement, the FBI said the agent acted on an imminent threat and opened fire. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Khusn Taramiv, who described himself as a friend of Todashev, told Orlando TV station WESH that Todashev had known one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting. Public records also show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.

The FBI gave no details on what investigators had hoped to learn from Todashev.

The authorities "were talking to us, both of us, right?" Taramiv said. "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."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 bombings. His brother, Dzhokhar, survived and is charged with carrying out the attacks that killed three and wounded more than 260.

An FBI team was dispatched from Washington to review the shooting, a standard step in such cases.

Todashev was arrested earlier this month on a charge of aggravated battery after getting into a fight over a parking spot with two men - a father and son - at an Orlando shopping mall. The son was hospitalized with a split upper lip and several teeth knocked out, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Also by his own admission Todashev was recently a former mixed martial arts fighter," the arresting deputy said in his report. "This skill puts his fighting ability way above that of a normal person."

Todashev was released on $3,500 bail after his May 4 arrest. His attorney, Alain Rivas, didn't immediately respond to a call for comment Wednesday.

Police tape blocked off the complex of townhomes near Universal Studios where Todashev was shot.


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  • Grandpeople May 22, 2013

    So RIGHT. When you take a concealed carry class, this is one of the things you learn. When in danger, you have 2 seconds to make up your mind. If you do choose to shot, empty the clip unit it "doesn't go bang" anymore. Good comment beachboater!

  • CharmedLife May 22, 2013

    Something just ain't right with this story.....

  • TITAN4X4 May 22, 2013

    The "bombers" didnt shoot the MIT cop. Turn off your TV!!!!! JEEzuz Minarchist

    Minarchist, If you read the news, it has been reported that the MIT police officer Was Killed by the terror suspects. It was a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer, Richard Donohue,that got caught in friendly fire..

  • Lightfoot3 May 22, 2013

    "I want to know how your beloved police force lost a teenager for over 8 hours after he was shot in a shootout" - Minarchist

    Because he was hiding, and they had to be cautious while searching?

    "I want to know why it took a residetnt to find him" - Minarchist

    Cause he was hiding in that resident's boat?

    "He was killed by friendly fire" - Minarchist

    The cop shot in the street shootout was hit by friendly fire, not the MIT cop.

    "The FBI had over 2000 cops" - Minarchist

    Says who? The FBI? :)

  • beachboater May 22, 2013

    Livve12- When your life is in danger, you aim at the biggest target mass you have, (the torso) and you pull the trigger until it doesn't go bang anymore. End of fight.

  • WakeUpAmerica May 22, 2013

    You would think they would just shoot him in the arm or leg, enough to at least slow him down not kill him. Must have known too much.

  • Brian Jenkins May 22, 2013

    I hope all you cop haters on here never have to call for one-sad. Cops don't just shoot folks without reason. I, for one, am thankful for them-they sacrifice every day and never know if they are coming home to their families on a daily basis.
    May 22, 2013 10:59 a.m.
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    Its not about "cop hating". Its about holding our government accountable, escpecially the FEDS. Just because you see the word "terrorist" you are satisfied. Im not. I want to know what deadly force this guy used in an interview. I want to know how your beloved police force lost a teenager for over 8 hours after he was shot in a shootout. I want to know why it took a residetnt to find him. Why the FBI needed the public to find someone on their terrorist watch list. I want to know why the FBI was in contact with the bombers many years beforehand. You should read Operation Northwoods and see what the US governemnt is capable of.

  • mwarrior7 May 22, 2013

    The article title should be "Police shoot unarmed man" because that's essentially what happened. You can talk about how he MIGHT be a terrorist or how he MIGHT be better equipped for physical confrontations because of his training, but at the end of the day, a cop shot a guy that was unarmed. I also like how they brought up his previous altercations that have nothing to do with this story at all.

  • Brian Jenkins May 22, 2013 this FBI agent was interviewiing him ALONE? Thats odd. Was the FBI interviewing an armed man? They didnt search him? What was the "deadly force" he used against this FBI agent? LOL got to see this.

  • Brian Jenkins May 22, 2013

    "The "bombers" didnt shoot the MIT cop." Then who did Mr. Brown?
    May 22, 2013

    He was killed by friendly fire not by the suspects. Show me the charge. Ill wait.........