Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Review begins in FBI shooting of Boston bomb suspect's acquaintance

ORLANDO — An FBI review team from Washington was in Orlando on Thursday investigating the death of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot by an agent while being questioned about a triple murder in Massachusetts and his connection to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

The review team will question witnesses who were at the Orlando condo when the shooting occurred early Wednesday morning, including two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law-enforcement officials. The FBI agent who fired the lethal shot, who has not been publicly identified, is from the agency's Boston division.

While the law-enforcement officials were questioning Todashev, he started a "violent confrontation," said Orlando region FBI spokesman Dave Couvertier.

Todashev reportedly lunged at the FBI agent with a knife, and the agent fired. An autopsy was expected to be completed Thursday, but the report will not be made public for at least several weeks because the case is under criminal investigation.

A relative claimed Todashev's body from the Orange-Osceola County medical examiner. The relative's name was not made public. Friends said nearly all of Todashev's relatives are in Russia.

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