FBI kills Chechen man during Boston bombing probe: What's known of him? (+video)
An FBI interrogation, part of the Boston bombing probe, ends in shooting death of a Chechen immigrant in Florida. The man reportedly knew suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. FBI claims self-defense.
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An FBI agent acted in self-defense after the suspect initiated a violent confrontation while being interviewed at his home, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said.
"The agent, along with other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the subject," FBI Agent Dave Couvertier said in a statement to media outlets. "During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. As this incident is under review, we have no further details at this time."
Officials identified the suspect as Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man who knew the elder Tsarnaev brother because both had been mixed martial arts fighters, according to local media reports.
The FBI has been investigating known associates of Tsarnaev, who was killed after a confrontation with authorities three days after the bombing, and his brother, Dzhokhar, who faces criminal charges related to the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260. During the investigation, the FBI was led to Mr. Todashev, who has been living in the US as a legal resident since 2008, a law enforcement official told CNN.
Todashev met Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Boston more than two years ago, and they were only casual acquaintances, Khusn Taramiv, the suspect’s friend, told WESH-TV in Orlando. Todashev and Tsarnaev spoke on the phone a month before the Boston attacks, but only to say hello, Mr. Taramiv said. Todashev had no knowledge of Tsarnaev’s plans, he added.