Agent cleared over shooting
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.