Report Out On Marathon Bombing Suspect's Friend

Mugshot photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and Ibragim Todashev, was fatally shot in Orlando, Fla. May 22, 2013 when he initiated a violent confrontation, FBI officials said. / Cambridge Police Department/AP/Orange County Corrections Department
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Associated Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida prosecutor says a friend of one of the Boston marathon suspects threatened an FBI agent and a Massachusetts state trooper with a long pole before the Chechen man was fatally shot.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton said in a report Tuesday the agent was justified in shooting Ibragim Todashev last May. The agent and the trooper were questioning Todashev about his involvement in a triple slaying in Waltham, Mass. Todashev was preparing a written statement confessing some involvement when he threw a coffee table on the officers and ran past them.

The report says Todashev was searching for something in his kitchen, and he returned carrying a pole over his head. He was then shot by the agent.

Associated Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation say a Florida prosecutor has cleared an FBI agent in the fatal shooting of a Chechen man as he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

The officials say State Attorney Jeff Ashton won't bring charges against the agent.

Both officials spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the case. Ashton's report will be released Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported the prosecutor's decision.

The Justice Department also has been investigating but has not yet released its findings.

Twenty-seven-year-old Ibragim Todashev (IH'-bruh-heem TOH'-duh-shehv) was killed in Orlando in May while FBI agents and others questioned him about his friendship with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

Associated Press Release


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Chechen immigrant shot to death in central Florida early Wednesday after an altercation with an FBI agent shares a similar background to that of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects who authorities were questioning him about at the time.

Ibragim Todashev's Chechen roots and mixed martial arts background mirror that of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspected killed in a shootout with police last month. The two also had lived in the Boston area.

Todashev was fatally shot Wednesday by authorities at his Orlando home during a meeting with the agent and two Massachusetts state troopers.

Two officials briefed on the investigation say Todashev had implicated himself as being involved in a 2011 triple-slaying in a Boston suburb that authorities believe may have been connected to Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

CBS Web Copy

Updated at 7:43 p.m. ET

A friend of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev implicated himself and Tsarnaev in an unsolved triple homicide before authorities say he instigated a violent confrontation that resulted in his death early Wednesday morning, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reported.

The shooting happened inside an Orlando apartment complex as an FBI agent and Massachusetts State Police detectives were questioning Ibrahim Todashev about his friendship with Tsarnaev.

Law enforcement sources said the two Chechen immigrants once trained together at a Boston area gym. But evidence also suggests a criminal connection, involvement in a grisly triple murder that occurred in September 2011, in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Three men, including one who trained at the same gym, were found with their throats cut, their bodies had been covered with marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash. No one has been charged.

But sources say during questioning Tuesday night, Todashev implicated himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the killings. As investigators pushed at him towards a confession, he snapped, reported Orr.

Law enforcement officials say the 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter made a move that threatened the investigators. The FBI agent, who suffered cuts in the altercation, shot and killed Todashev.

The FBI became interested in him after phone records suggested a connection to Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Over several weeks agents kept tabs on Todashev and questioned him a handful of times. The FBI found nothing connecting Todashev to the Boston attacks.

Todashev, who lived in the U.S. for the past several years, was arrested two weeks ago on an aggravated battery charge. But now investigators want to find out if he had any connections at all to anything worse, including radical extremists overseas.

Earlier, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reported that Todashev was a mixed-martial-arts fighter. Fighting was at least one interest that Todashev shared with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was once a boxer.

Miller also reported that Todashev had been to Chechnya before and was scheduled to return to Chechnya this week but canceled his flight.

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Associated Press Release


BOSTON (AP) -- Law enforcement officials say a man was shot while he was being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife.

Two officials confirmed that 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev came at the agent Wednesday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details of the investigation.

The FBI said earlier in the day that the agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

An FBI team was dispatched from Washington to review the shooting, a standard step in such cases.

The FBI initially said the agent fired the fatal shot, but later in the day the bureau left open the question of who was responsible.

Associated Press Release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI says a man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation.

The shooting incident early Wednesday took place in Orlando, Fla., where an FBI agent along with other law enforcement personnel were interviewing the man.

In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the FBI agent acted on an imminent threat and shot the interview subject.

The man being interviewed was killed and the FBI agent was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

CBS News Copy

Orlando, Fla. -- The FBI says it was involved in a fatal shooting near Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla,. early Wednesday.

CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, reported on "CBS This Morning" that the victim was a friend of the older brother suspected in last month's deadly terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Miller reported that FBI agents went to the apartment of the man, Ibrahim Todashev, after midnight Wednesday morning to question him.

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI said, "We are currently responding to a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent. The incident occurred in Orlando Florida. The agent encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. The suspect is deceased. We do not have any further details at this time. We expect to have more information later this morning."

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police outside Boston in the days after the marathon bombings. His younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, remains in federal custody awaiting trial for the bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

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