FBI Agent Kills Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Friend in Florida

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
article imagearticle image

A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Orlando, Fla., overnight.

Ibragim Todashev, who knew both Tsarnaev brothers, was allegedly shot in self-defense at his home, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN.

Todashev, 27, also from Chechnya, once lived in Boston. He has been a legal resident of the U.S. since approximately 2008. Like Tamerlan, who died on April 19 in a shootout with police, Todashev was also an MMA fighter.

FBI went to Todashev’s apartment after midnight to interview him. His neighbor Khusen Taramov said Todashev was planning on returning to Chechnya that night.

Taramov was also questioned by FBI. He claims the agency is questioning any Chechens in the wake of the April 15 bombing that killed 4 people and injured more than 260 in Boston.

"He used to talk on the phone with him [Tamerlan]," Taramov said of Todashev. "They talked last time a month ago. After the bombing, I couldn't believe it," he said.

The Tuesday night meeting between Todashev and the FBI was meant to be his last before he flew back to Chechnya.

"Me and him and my friends, we knew this was going to happen. That's why he wanted to leave the country," Taramov said. "But he canceled the tickets. The FBI's been pushing him, 'Don't leave, don't leave.' So he decided to stay," Taramov said.

Following protocol, an FBI post-shooting incident review team will be deployed to Orlando, said FBI Special Agent Dave Couvertier.

Todashev was arrested on May 4 for aggravated battery, according to Florida records. He was released on $3,500 bond.

According to his MMA profile he had one amateur and one professional fight in 2012.

Sources: CNN, IBT