The FBI shot and killed Ibragim Todashev, 27, who may be connected to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, WESH reported Wednesday morning. Gunshots rang out shortly before midnight at the Windhover condominium complex in Orlando area, WFTV reported. Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen, and Khusn Taramiv were being investigated as part of the Boston bombings. The men were MMA fighters.
Taramiv claims he and Todashev were interviewed by the FBI for nearly three hours on Tuesday.
“(The FBI) took me and my friend, the suspect that got killed. They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back,” Taramiv said.
Here’s another account of Ibragim Todashev’s encounter with the FBI:
Khusen Taramov said the day that federal agents identified the Tsarnaev brothers as the Boston bombing suspects, FBI agents came to the apartment complex and started questioning a few people of Chechnyan descent.
“One day they started questioning us, next day after the bombing, not the bombing, after they found out the bombers were Chechnyans, and they started following us, watching us. They pretty much told the guy from his apartment and they start following us, watching us like every day,” said Taramov.
Taramov said Todashev met Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Boston and the two had hung out a few times.
Taramov said Todashev met with FBI agents Tuesday night, which was supposed to be their last meeting because he was planning to fly back to Chechnya that night. He said the plane ticket was purchased before the Boston bombings, but federal agents strongly advised him not to go home.
“He cancelled the tickets because, the FBI had been like, I don’t know, they’ve been pushing him, you know what I’m saying. They’ve been pushing him they say ‘don’t leave, don’t leave’ so he decided to stay. But we had a feeling, worst case scenario something like that was going to happen. You know what I mean,” said Taramov.
The FBI hasn’t identified the suspect killed, but said they would issue a statement sometime Wednesday. The Orlando Police is also on the scene of the shooting. Ibragim Todashev was arrested May 4 for aggravated battery.
UPDATE#1 9:55 A.M. EST — Report: Investigators say man killed by FBI in Florida confessed that he played a role in 2011 triple murder in Waltham, Mass. – @NBCNews
Here’s a video of Ibragim Todashev: