Man Questioned by FBI Over Boston Bombings Shot Dead
By Phil Mattingly – May 22, 2013 10:40 AM ET
A man was shot dead in Orlando, Florida, while being questioned by the FBI in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.
Law-enforcement officials were interviewing the man this morning when a violent confrontation ended with a shooting involving a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, said Paul Bresson, a spokesman for the agency in Washington. The fight was initiated by the man, who was killed, and the agent was injured, Bresson said.
The FBI agent, “acting on the imminent threat posed by the individual, responded with deadly force,” Bresson said.
The man was identified as Ibragim Todashev, according to a federal law-enforcement official briefed on the incident who asked for anonymity because of the probe. Todashev was an associate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of those accused of planting bombs that killed three people at the race’s finish line April 15, the official said.
The FBI questioned Todashev in recent weeks about his relationship to Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police days after the bombing, the official said.
Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar, are accused of planting the deadly bombs, which also injured more than 260 people, in the April 15 attack in Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is in federal custody and has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
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