Mugshot photos show Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and Ibragim Todashev, who was fatally shot in Orlando, Fla., May 22, 2013, when he initiated a violent confrontation, law-enforcement officials said.
(CBS NEWS) -- 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 reports.
enforcement sources told Orr that the man, a Chechen identified as
Ibragim Todashev, implicated himself and Tsarnaev to authorities in the
2011 killings in Waltham, Mass., under questioning Wednesday at
Todashev's apartment in Orlando, Florida.
Authorities went to
the apartment after having obtained what the sources described as
strong evidence to suggest that Todashev, Tsarnaev and his brother
Dzhokhar were involved in the killings on the tenth anniversary of the
Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The FBI had already interviewed Todashev
more than once before Wednesday.
The sources also said that authorities have no evidence tying
Todashev to last month's deadly terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon
that the Tsarnaev brothers are accused of carrying out.
after midnight Wednesday morning in Orlando, an FBI special agent from
the bureau's Boston field office was accompanied by at least two
troopers from the Massachusetts State Police and a Joint Terrorism Task
Force agent to question Todashev, the sources said. The questioning
primarily focused on the 2011 killings.
While the FBI's
investigation into Wednesday's shooting is ongoing, the preliminary
details are that after Todashev implicated himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev
he became angered when authorities pressed him for a full confession,
the sources said. Todashev brandished a knife, prompting the officials
to feel that their lives were in danger.
The FBI agent then shot Todashev and received some minor abrasions in the process, the sources said.
Tsarnaev brothers and Todashev apparently knew the three people killed
in Waltham, the sources said, describing the 2011 killings as brutal and
grisly, with all three bodies nearly decapitated. The bodies had
marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash sprinkled on them.
Todashev lived in the Boston area at the time of the killings and was
friends with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with authorities
in the days after the April 15 marathon attack. It's unclear what kind
of a relationship Todashev had with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains in
federal custody awaiting trial.
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.
also reported that Todashev had been to Chechnya before and was
scheduled to return to Chechnya this week but canceled his flight.