News reports have added a new wrinkle to the ongoing investigation of the deadly April 15 terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon. According to various reports, an FBI agent was involved in a shooting on May 21 that resulted in the death of Ibragim Todashev, an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the two Muslim brothers accused of the attack that killed 3 and wounded 264 more.
According to an FBI spokesman, the incident occurred in Orlando FL where an FBI agent had gone to interview Todashev in connection with the case. Todashev knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died during a gunfight with law officers following the April 15 attack. Both Todashev and Tsarnaev were active in mixed martial arts competitions. In this case, Todashev was initially cooperative but then attacked the agent who then apparently opened fire.
Khusn Taramov, who knew Todashev, said that he and his 27-year-old friend were being investigated by the FBI because they knew Tsarnaev and had been MMA fighters. Taramiv said that both he and the deceased were questioned by the FBI for three hours on May 21.
"(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," Taramov said. "He felt inside he was going to get shot," Taramiv said of Todashev. "I told him, 'Everything is going to be fine, don't worry about it.' He said, 'I have a really bad feeling.'"
Taramov said that at some point, "something went wrong," during the interview and Todashev was killed. According to one law enforcement official, there Taramiv engaged in some sort of aggressive movement that led the FBI agent to open fire. "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," said Taramov.
Taramov said Todashev had spoken with suspect Tsarnaev one month before the April 15 attack, but denied that Todashev had anything to do with the bombing.