Oakland Investigates Disability Aid To FBI Agent Who Shot Terror Suspect


Oakland officials are investigating why a former police officer is collecting $52,488 a year in medical disability benefits from the city even though he has been working as an FBI agent in Boston, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The unusual case of FBI agent Aaron McFarlane, 41, came to the attention of Oakland officials after the agent was identified last week as the federal officer who shot and killed a key figure last year in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

The disability benefit that McFarlane is collecting is awarded when a worker is unable to perform the usual duties of his or her current position “due to an illness or injury that is expected to be permanent or of an undetermined duration.” McFarlane retired from the Oakland Police Department on medical disability in 2004. He joined the FBI in 2008, said the Boston Globe, which reported that he fatally shot Ibragim Todashev, 27, in his Orlando apartment on May 22, 2013, after Todashev allegedly flung a table at him and brandished a metal pole at a Massachusetts state trooper.

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