The U.S. Department of Justice has decided that an FBI agent was justified in using deadly force last May in Florida when he shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen man connected to brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing, reports the Washington Post. Officials said that an independent investigation also will clear the agent, although Florida prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton denied that he has come to a final conclusion on the shooting.
After an interrogation at his Orlando apartment, Todashev, 27, a mixed martial-arts fighter, attacked the agent with a metal pole after implicating himself in an unsolved 2011 triple murder, said law enforcement officials the Post did not identify. They said the agent acted in self-defense. After Todashev charged, the agent shot him once, who said Todashev then got up and was shot again several times. It's not clear what started the confrontation.