Todashev Report Release Raises QuestionsPlay
A report released today by the Florida state attorney's office concludes that a Boston FBI agent was justified in the killing of a suspect that he was interviewing last May. The agent, along with two Massachusetts state police officers, were in Florida interrogating Ibragim Todashev, who was friends with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and implicated in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham.
This is the first official account of what happened last May. According to the report, after initially cooperating with the officers, Todashev attacked them, prompting the FBI agent to shoot him seven times, including in the head and back. State Attorney Jeffrey Ashton says testimony by the agent and state police officers, as well as forensic evidence, suggests the shooting was "justified as self-defense."
David Boeri, WBUR senior reporter. He tweets at @davidboeri.
Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, which tweets at @ACLU_Mass.
WBUR: Fla. Prosecutor: FBI Agent Justified In Fatally Shooting Todashev
- "A Florida prosecutor has concluded that an FBI agent was justified in using lethal force while questioning a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev."
The Boston Globe: Ibragim Todashev Killed In Self-Defense, Report Finds
- "A Florida prosecutor said today that a Boston FBI agent was justified in fatally shooting a friend of one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers in May, saying the man was a 'fearless fighter' who brandished a long metal pole as he attacked the agent and a Massachusetts state trooper who had been interviewing him in his Orlando apartment."
This segment aired on March 25, 2014.