Ibragim Todashev, a 1-0 professional MMA fighter, was shot and killed by the FBI last night after being questioned in relation to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Ibragim Todashev was shot and killed by an FBI agent overnight last night according to multiple news reports. Todashev was a professional MMA fighter according to Michelle Malkin who linked to his professional record and posted a video of one of his fights.
A friend of a man shot and killed by an FBI agent overnight said the victim was being questioned in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings. Khusen Taramov told WFTV the man’s name was Ibragim Todashev, but the FBI has not confirmed that.
“He had a ticket from New York, [and] from there, he was going to go back home. They were pushing him, saying, ‘Stay, don’t leave.’ They said, ‘We want to interview you one last time and talk to you a last time.’ And he decided to stay, and today’s interview was supposed to be the last time, and they said they were going to leave him alone,” said the victim’s friend, Khusen Taramov.
Gunshots rang out just before midnight at the Windhover condominium complex near Kirkman Avenue and Vineland Road.
In a brief statement, an FBI spokesperson confirmed that the shooting involved one of their agents.
The FBI said their agent was conducting official duties when he opened fire on the man.
WESH had more on the supposed connection between Todashev and the Tsarnaev brothers, that being Todashev and Tamerlan knowing each other as both competed in MMA:
A friend of the suspect said his friend, 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, was being investigated as part of the Boston bombings and knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev because both were MMA fighters.
The man claims he and Todashev were interviewed by the FBI for nearly three hours on Tuesday.
Update: The AP has tweeted out that Todashev “became violent” during questioning:
BREAKING: FBI: Man shot dead in Fla had become violent during questioning in Boston bombing case.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 22, 2013
Update from RT.com:
Kushen Taramov, a friend of the suspect, said he and Todashev were interviewed by FBI agents for nearly three hours on Tuesday in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.
“(The FBI) took me and my friend, the suspect that got killed. They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back,” WESH Orlando quoted Taramov as saying.
Taramov said after he concluded the interview, he came back to the apartments to discover there had been a shooting.
The FBI has not confirmed any link between Todashev and the Boston bombings, but Taramov told WKMG Local that the suspect had known Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police days after the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Back when [Todashev] used to live in Boston, they used to hang out — not hang out — he knew him. They met a few times because [Todashev] was a MMA fighter and [Tsarnaev] was a boxer. They just knew each other. That’s it.” Taramov said.
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