Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Man linked to Boston Marathon suspect killed during FBI questioning in Orlando

An FBI agent in Orlando early Wednesday morning shot and killed a man who may have ties to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to FBI and media reports.

The man has been identified as Ibragim Todashev of 6022 Peregrine Avenue, Orlando.

The agent was interviewing Todashev about the Boston Marathon bombings along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other authorities early Wednesday, according to the FBI.

Todashev attacked the officers, the bureau said, and he injured the agent before being shot and killed. Neither the agent nor the officers were identified.

Media reports early Wednesday said the shooting occurred at the apartment complex where Todashev apparently lived.

The New York Times cited an unnamed law enforcement official who told the newspaper Wednesday that the FBI was trying to interview Todashev when he was shot.

Two of Todashev's friends told Orlando news station WKMG that he knew Tsarnaev, the older of two brothers suspected in the bombings that killed three people and injured scores more in April.

Khusen Taramov told the news station that Todashev used to live around Boston, but he denied that his friend was connected to the bombings.

"Back when (Todashev) used to live in Boston, they used to hang out — not hang out, he knew him," Taramov told WKMG. "They met a few times because (Todashev) was a MMA fighter and (Tsarnaev) was a boxer. They just knew each other. That's it."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police days after the attack on the Boston Marathon. Friends said Todashev was from Chechnya, where Tsarnaev also had roots. He has one entry on his criminal record; he was charged with aggravated battery on May 4.

Brad May, a fighter out of New Port Richey, said he fought Todashev in a bout last year. He said Todashev was in the 155-pound weight class and arrived at the event in a plain white T-shirt.

"He seemed like a nice guy, he was just really quiet," May said.

An FBI post-shooting incident review team is on its way from Washington, D.C. and is expected to arrive in Orlando within 24 hours.

Times news researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Zachary T. Sampson can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8804. Twitter: @zacksampson.

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