(UPDATE) FBI agent kills man questioned in marathon bombings

Two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Credit: Getty Images
Two explosions went off near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15.
Credit: Getty Images

An FBI agent shot and killed a Florida man who the agency claimed turned violent while being questioned about the Boston Marathon bombings early on Wednesday, the bureau said.

A statement from the FBI’s Boston division said the shooting took place early wednesday morning in Orlando, Fla.

“The agent, two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual,” the statement read. “During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained nonlife-threatening injuries.”

Friends said the man, who they identified as Ibragim Todashev, 27, was originally from Chechnya and met bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev while living in Boston.

Khusn Taramov, a friend of Todashev, told WKMG-TV in Orlando that Todashev and Tsarnaev shared an interest in boxing and mixed martial arts.

Taramov said he and Todashev were both questioned by authorities for several hours on Tuesday, and that Todashev planned to leave Florida.

“We had a feeling that a worst case scenario, that something like (a shooting) is going to happen,” Taramov said. “He had a ticket to New York. From there, he was going to go home. [The FBI was] pushing him to stay, saying, ‘We want to interview one last time.’”

Taramov said Todashev was not involved in the April 15 bombings, which killed three people and injured 264 others.

Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout three days after the blasts, after allegedly killing an MIT police officer.

His brother, Dzhokhar, is being held on terrorism charges at a federal medical facility and could receive the death penalty if convicted.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Todashev had been arrested on May 4 and charged with aggravated battery with great bodily harm. Details about the circumstances of the arrest were not immediately available.

With additional reporting by Reuters. Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBos


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.