A Chechen man who was fatally shot by an FBI agent a week ago in Orlando during an interview about one of the Boston bombing suspects was unarmed, the Washington Post reported that law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
An air of mystery has surrounded the FBI shooting of Ibragim Todashev, 27, since it occurred in Todashev's apartment early on May 22. The FBI said in a news release that day that Todashev, a former Boston resident who knew bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during an interview with several law enforcement officers.
But the FBI has provided few other details, saying the matter is being investigated by an FBI review team that may not finish its inquiry for several months.
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Wednesday called for an independent investigation by the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division into the shooting.
At the time of the shooting, Todashev was being interviewed about his possible connections to a triple murder in Waltham, Mass., on Sept. 11, 2011. Law enforcement officials said he had acknowledged involvement in the murders and had implicated Tsarnaev. Officials said Todashev was not suspected of involvement in the April 15 Boston bombings.
In its only statement about Todashev's shooting, issued on the day of the incident, the FBI said that an agent, along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing "an individual" in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a "violent confrontation was initiated by the individual."
The agent sustained injuries later described as "some cuts and abrasions."