Ibragim Todashev spent five hours in questioning by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers last spring in his Orlando condo, where he confessed to his involvement in a triple homicide. Then he snapped, says the Orlando Sentinel. He hurled a coffee table at the FBI agent’s head, armed himself with a 5-foot metal pole and then charged at another officer, according to more than 100 pages of investigative reports released by State Attorney Jeff Ashton in Orlando. Ashton’s review found that the FBI agent was justified in shooting the 27-year-old mixed-martial artist from Chechnya. His report is the first to detail publicly what happened.
The Boston-based FBI agent fired several rounds, striking Todashev, who fell backward but did not go to the ground. He continued to fight, agents said. Todashev lunged at the FBI agent and a state trooper again. The federal agent shot more rounds. Todashev fell to the ground face-first. The shooting has been shrouded in secrecy and misinformation, and groups have criticized the FBI for its handling of the case. Ashton said his office conducted a thorough, independent and transparent investigation. “I wanted to make sure that it was clear that we weren’t just rubber-stamping something that the FBI gave us,” Ashton said. His decision clearing the agent of wrongoing came as the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division also cleared the FBI agent of criminal wrongdoing. The FBI had been following and questioning Todashev about his friend Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect.