27-year-old Ibragim Todashe was shot and killed by an FBI agent after he was interrogated about his suspected part in the Boston bombings.
Todashev, much like the Boston bombers, is a Chechen-born Muslim. Todashev was introduced to Tamerlan Tsarnaev shortly after he moved to the United States. The men became acquaintances because of their shared interest in the world of mixed martial arts.
Todashe was questioned for hours and then released from FBI custody in Orlando, Florida on early Wednesday morning.
According to law enforcement officers Tamerlan was shot and killed 10 miles from Walt Disney World. The FBI led shooting took place at an apartment complex just after midnight.
During its original statement the FBI said the agent “encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. The suspect is deceased.”
Following its original statement an FBI official later claimed that Ibragim Todashe “became violent” during questioning and an agent was forced to shoot him in self defense. The agency did not explain Todashe’s “violent actions” which required an FBI agent to open fire.
Speaking to WESH-TV a friend of Todashev said he was interviewed by the FBI for three hours on Tuesday night. Among questioning the FBI agent asked about Todashev’s political views and his feelings about the Boston bombings attack and the innocent lives that were taken.
The bombing suspects friend says Todashev believed he was being “set up” and expressed to him concerns that his life may be in danger because of agent actions being taken against him.
According to Todashev’s friend the two men had previously been followed by the FBI following the Boston bombings. He claims that the FBI contacted Todashev the day after the Boston bombing was completed.
The FBI has not issued any further statements regarding the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashe at this time.
Todashev had recently been arrested for aggravated assault, however his friend says that arrest simply involved a fight after he was attacked in a parking lot. That arrest his friend says was a simple act of self- defense.
“The FBI is currently reviewing a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent. Based on preliminary information, the incident occurred in Orlando, Florida during the early morning hours of May 22, 2013. The agent, two Massachusetts State Police troopers, and other law enforcement personnel were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual. During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries. As this incident is under review, we have no further details at this time.”
Update from NBC News:
It is now being reported hat Todashev attacked the FBI agent with a knife. The news agency also claims that the FBI was investigating Todashev for an unsolved triple-murder case that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was also wanted for.
As with all Boston bombing reports the updated listed above are pure speculation at this time.