May 23, 2013

Man killed while being questioned in Boston bomb probe

Ibragim Todashev, a mixed martial-arts fighter, was fatally shot after lunging with a knife at an FBI agent who was questioning him at his Florida townhouse, police say.

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This May 4 police photo provided by the Orange County Corrections Department in Orlando, Fla., shows Ibragim Todashev after his arrest on a charge of aggravated battery in Orlando.

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FBI investigators walk near the crime scene of an apartment where a man was shot by an FBI agent, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. The man who was shot and killed by the agent early this morning was friends with the Boston bombings suspects, according to a friend of the victim. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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The Tsarnaev brothers have roots in the turbulent Russian regions of Dagestan and Chechnya, which have become recruiting grounds for Islamic extremists. Investigators have said the brothers carried out the bombings in retaliation for the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An FBI team was dispatched from Washington to review the shooting, standard procedure 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 sheriff's report. 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.

Todashev was also arrested by Boston police in 2010 after a road rage incident. Witnesses told police that he argued with two other drivers and cut them off with his vehicle. According to a police report, he yelled, "You say something about my mother, I will kill you."

 

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Investigators stand outside an apartment complex where a man was fatally by an FBI agent early Wednesday in Orlando, Fla.

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