ORLANDO, FL (WKMG) - A man from Chechnya with links to one of the Boston bombing suspects was shot and killed by a FBI agent early Wednesday after becoming violent during questioning at an Orlando apartment.
The FBI said 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev (pictured above) was shot just after midnight at 6022 Peregrine Avenue in the Windhover Apartments near Universal Orlando.
The FBI said Todashev initiated a violent confrontation while being questioned by the FBI agent, two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement officers about the Boston bombing case.
In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the agent acted on an "imminent threat" and shot Todashev, who was killed. The FBI agent was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The FBI said a post-shooting incident review team has been dispatched from Washington and will arrive in Orlando by Thursday.
Khusen Taramov, a friend of Todashev, told CBS affiliate WKMG Local 6 that Todashev knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police near Boston three days after the marathon bombing.
"Back when (Todashev) used to live in Boston, they used to hang out -- not hang out -- he knew him. They met a few times because (Todashev) was a MMA fighter and (Tsarnaev) was a boxer. They just knew each other. That's it," said Taramov, who added that Todashev last spoke with Tsarnaev via phone more than a month ago.
Taramov adamantly stated that Todashev, who was arrested in Orlando earlier this month on charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, was not connected to the bombing.
"I know that for sure," he said.
The arrest of Todashev occurred more than two weeks ago and involved a fight over a parking spot at the Orlando Premium Outlet Mall, according to an Orange County sheriff's arrest affidavit. The affidavit stated that Todashev brutally beat the man and knocked out several of his teeth during the fight. Todashev was jailed for a few hours before being released on $3,500 bond.
Taramov said the FBI had been watching and following Todashev since Tsarnaev was identified as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
"We had a feeling that a worse-case scenario, that something like (a shooting) is going to happen," said Taramov, who added that Todashev had recently booked a plane ticket.
"He had a ticket to New York. From there, he was going to go home," he said. "(The FBI was) pushing him to stay, saying, 'We want to interview one last time.'"
Taramov said he was surprised when he first learned about the Boston Marathon bombing.
"When I found out it was Chechens (who were named as suspects), I was shocked. I couldn't believe it," he said.
The brother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was arrested in connection with the April 15 Boston bombing, which left three people dead and wounded 275.
Massachusetts State Police continue to investigate the marathon bombing along with a triple-homicide in 2011 that took place in a Boston suburb. It's not known, however, if Todashev was being question in connection with the three deaths.
Friends say Todashev had a Green Card and had been in the United States for several years.
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