ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities in central Florida after he turned violent while being questioned about his ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect who was killed in a shootout with police.
According to authorities, Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was fatally shot at his Orlando townhouse early Wednesday during a meeting with an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers. The agent was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Three law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife. However, two of those officials said later in the day it was no longer clear what had happened.
Two officials briefed on the investigation say he had implicated himself as having been involved in a 2011 triple-slaying in the Boston suburb of Waltham that authorities believe may have been connected to one of the men linked to the bombings.
Several of Todashev's former roommates who were questioned say that he knew the older bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting in Boston and that the FBI was asking about him.
Public records show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.