Looks like Eric Holder is tying up some more loose ends.
A Chechen man with ties to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Orlando early today when the man attacked the agent, the FBI said in a statement.
Ibragim Todashev (Reuters)
The FBI identified the person shot and killed as Ibragim Todashev, 27.
Two Massachusetts State Police troopers were also participating in the questioning at the time of the fatal shooting, the FBI said. State Police spokesman David Procopio had no comment.
According to the FBI and local news accounts, the shooting took place in an apartment on Peregrine Avenue while Todashev was being questioned about the bombings and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
“The agent along with 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,’’ the FBI said in an updated summary of the incident released around 10:30 a.m.
The FBI had not previously disclosed that State Police were part of the interviewing team.
“During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries,’’ the FBI said. “As this incident is under review, we have no further details at this time.”
Khusen Taramiv, a friend of Todashev, told WESH-TV in Orlando that both he and Todashev were questioned about his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed after a shootout in Watertown with police on April 19. Tamerlan
Tsarnaev’s younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in federal custody and facing charges that could bring the death penalty. The bombings on April 15 near the Marathon finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was also allegedly murdered by the brothers.
The FBI said today that a Washington-based deadly force investigative team is being sent to Orlando to investigate the shooting on Peregrine Avenue.
Taramiv said he was released by the FBI, but Todashev was still being questioned by the agents.
Taramiv said Todashev met Tsarnaev when both lived in Massachusetts, and that the two men spoke with each other “months before” the Marathon bombings.
Taramiv said his friend was not close to Tsarnaev. “They were not best friends,’’ Taramiv told the Orlando station.
Taramiv insisted that Todashev was not a radicalized Muslim, and that he had no role in, nor did he know anything about, the Marathon terrorist attack.
“He was not a radical. He was a Muslim,’’ Taramiv said. “I’m a Muslim. That’s it. ... He never had a gun. ... He was shocked’’ by the attacks.
Taramiv said Todashev was worried about the direction of the questioning by the FBI agents, that he was going to be “set up’’ by the law enforcement agency.
“He had a bad feeling,’’ said Taramiv, who quoted Todashev as telling him that the FBI was “making up this crazy stuff’’ that there was a connection between the terror suspect and himself.
Taramiv said that Tsarnaev and Todashev spoke recently, likely via Skype, but had only limited contact with each other since Todashev moved to Florida.