Man Shot in Boston Bombing Probe 05/22 12:35
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities
while being questioned in theBoston Marathon bombing case early Wednesday after
he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.
Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was gunned down
at his home during a meeting with the agent and two Massachusetts state
troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries
that were not life-threatening.
The FBI gave no details on why they were interested in Todashev. But
acquaintances said Todashev knew one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects,
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting in Boston. Public records
also show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.
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 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Muslin Chapkhanov, a former roommate of Todashev's in the Orlando suburb of
Kissimmee, Fla., said Todashev knew the older Tsarnaev brother. "He was living
in Boston and I think he trained with him," Chapkhanov told The Associated
Saeed Dunkaev, a roommate of Todashev's, told The Associated Press that
Todashev had lived off and on with a group of other Chechens in a townhouse in
"He's a regular guy, nothing wrong," Dunkaev said.
Another roommate, Khusen Tamarov, said the roommates were questioned by
authorities Tuesday night. Todashev was afraid of being interrogated at a law
enforcement office and had asked that the questioning take place someplace
else, Tamarov said.
"This is the last thing I thought they would do," Tamarov said. "We had
nothing to do with this. He had nothing to do with this."
Two law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to release details of the investigation, said Todashev
came at the FBI agent with a knife before he was shot. The FBI initially said
the agent fired the fatal shot, but later in the day the bureau left open the
question of who was responsible.
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 lip
and several teeth knocked out, according to a report from the Orange County
Sheriff's Office. Todashev claimed self-defense.
"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 townhouses near Universal Studios
where Todashev was shot.