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Bombing Suspect's Friend's Shooting Death by FBI Justified, Reports Find

By Michael Mullins   |   Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 01:11 PM

Boston Bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's friend Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old Chechen mixed martial artist, was shot dead last May by an FBI agent after he charged a Massachusetts State Police trooper while confessing to his role in a 2011 triple slaying.

On Tuesday, the FBI agent was cleared of any criminal charges in the fatal shooting, after the office of Florida's State Attorney Jeff Ashton and the Justice Department released reports that found the FBI agent was justified in his use of lethal force, The Associated Press reported.

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The murder to which Todashev was confessing to had occurred in September 2011 in Waltham, Mass., where three men were found dead in an apartment, stabbed in the neck with either a knife or ice pick and their bodies covered in marijuana. Around $5,000 was recovered by police at the scene.

No one was charged at the time, however police believed the victims knew the killer, who was likely let into the apartment because there were no signs of forced entry. At the time, investigators ruled the triple murder as a "targeted and not a random act of violence."

Friends of the men have said they presumed the killings were drug-related, but police never confirmed that and the investigation is ongoing, the AP noted.

In the weeks prior to Todashev being killed, authorities questioned him several times about the Waltham killings, leading up to his eventual agreement to confess to the murder.

According to the FBI, the 27-year-old martial artist was in the process of providing a handwritten confession for his involvement in the triple homicide when he flew into a rage, tossing over a table and knocking one FBI agent to the floor. According to the Massachusetts trooper, Todashev then grabbed a broom handle and stood in a fighting position before he "charged toward me as if he was going to impale me with the pole."

Before Todashev reached the trooper, the FBI agent subdued him, firing six rounds into his torso and one in his head.

Todashev's father, Abdul-Baki Todashev, who lives in Russia, challenged the reports and claimed that law enforcement gunned down his son out of fear after he flipped the table, and not out of necessity to protect themselves.

"Several armed FBI agents were questioning my son, then were suddenly frightened when he flipped over a table, and to protect themselves the FBI agents emptied nearly a whole clip into him?" Todashev told the AP in Russia. "Who could believe this?"

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