Agent cleared over shoot­ing

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AN FBI agent has been cleared over the fa­tal shoot­ing of a Chechen-born man be­ing quizzed in con­nec­tion with last year’s Bos­ton bomb­ing.

Ibragim To­da­shev (27) was shot dead af­ter a vi­o­lent al­ter­ca­tion with in­ves­ti­ga­tors fol­low­ing two hours of ques­tion­ing at his flat in Or­lando, Florida, last May.

Po­lice later said To­da­shev, a friend of slain Bos­ton bomber Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, had pulled a knife on in­ves­ti­ga­tors and tried to grab the gun of an FBI agent.

To­da­shev had con­fessed to his and Tsar­naev’s in­volve­ment in a Septem­ber 11 2011 triple mur­der, au­thor­i­ties said. To­da­shev’s fa­ther chal­lenged the of­fi­cial ver­sion of events, ques­tion­ing how his son could have ob­tained a knife when there were as many as six po­lice of­fi­cers in his flat at the time.

But a law en­force­ment source fa­mil­iar with the shoot­ing said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion had ex­on­er­ated the FBI agent in­volved. “The state and the FBI’s re­view cleared the shooter of any wrong­do­ing,” the source said.

To­da­shev had been ques­tioned sev­eral times af­ter the April 15 bomb at­tack on the Bos­ton Marathon car­ried out by Tsar­naev and his brother which left three people dead and 264 hurt.

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