Man Killed in Marathon Bombing Probe Knocked FBI Agent to Ground: Report


A man who killed in Orlando last week while being questioned by an FBI agent about his relationship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, had knocked the agent to the ground with a table and ran at him with a metal pole before being shot, says the New York Times, quoting a “senior law enforcement official.” The account came after the man's Chechen father claimed that his son, Ibragim Todashev, was unarmed when he was killed on May 22.

The father, Abdulbaki Todashev, displayed photographs of his son's bullet-ridden body and demanded that the United States government explain how he was killed. On the day of the shooting, federal law enforcement officials provided differing accounts of the episode, initially saying Ibragim Todashev had a knife. Later they said Todashev had “exploded” at the agent and might have had a pipe or might not have had anything in his hands. Under FBI guidelines, agents can fire a gun at someone if they feel the person is a threat to them or someone else. The episode is being reviewed by a team of FBI investigators who specialize in shootings and by the district attorney in Orlando.

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