Ibragim Todashev: How Did the Boston Bombing Trail Lead the FBI to Shoot This Man?
In the latest development in the Boston Marathon bombing case, authorities have apparently shot and killed a man in Orlando, Florida who they were previously questioning about links to bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev Tuesday night.
The man, Ibragim Todashev, 27, was not suspected of having a direct role in the actual bombing that killed three people and injured 264. He instead was part of the overall investigation that law enforcement authorities are engaging in to understand exactly what happened before the bombs went off.
Authorities have been trying to follow every possible link that lead to the terrible act in April, interviewing everyone related to the two suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Todashev apparently spent time in the Boston area and knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He was also being investigated for a possible involvement in a grisly triple homicide in 2011. Three men were murdered in Waltham, Massachusetts, with their throats cut and their bodies covered in marijuana.
According to a statement by the FBI, Todashev was being questioned "in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the subject. During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries."
Todashev has a previous arrest for aggravated assault, leading to the mugshot, although his friends claim that he was merely defending himself in an attack.
Local Orlando new station WFTV managed to get an interview with Khusn Taramiv, a friend of Todashev. In it he claims that both him and Todashev were contacted the day after the Boston suspects were first identified. He claims there is no connection and that the FBI has been following and watching them. Watch the interview below:
Taramiv also interviewed with local news station WESH-TV saying that,
"(The FBI) took me and my friend, (Ibragim Todashev). They were talking to us, both of us, right? 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. He felt inside he was going to get shot. I told him, 'Everything is going to be fine, don't worry about it.' He said, 'I have a really bad feeling."
The vast number of leads and evidence that the law enforcement has to follow has posed a problem. On Tuesday Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had part of his trial delayed due to the complex issues surrounding the case.
According to the Jon Williams of the BBC the FBI agent felt threatened by the man and opened fire, killing him.
The FBI dispatched a team to review the incident from Washington, D.C. according to a spokesperson. The team was expected to touch down within 24 hours.
It is unknown if this was a jumpy FBI agent or if Todashev actually acted in a threatening manner towards his interviewer. As more information emerges hopefully a clearer picture of what happened and if Todashev had any connection to the Boston bombings will emerge.