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Brother of Boston Terror Suspect Agrees 'Shot in Back' Post Wrong

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 01:40 PM

After initially claiming on Facebook that Boston police fatally shot terror suspect Usaamah Rahim in the back for no reason, Rahim’s brother has acknowledged to CNN that his post was incorrect.

"He asked the public not to jump to conclusions," the network reported Friday. "But he still wanted to know more about his brother's death, telling correspondent Erin Burnett that "the facts are still coming in. We need more information."

Police will publicly release the surveillance video of Rahim’s fatal shooting sometime after he is buried. In an unusual step, police showed the videotaped encounter to community leaders, including Rahim’s brother, Boston-area Imam Ibrahim Rahim.

Ibrahim Rahim had posted on Facebook that three Boston police officers shot his brother in the back three times as he waited to board a bus to go to work.

"He was on his cell phone with my dear father during the confrontation needing a witness," the post states. "His last words to my father who heard the shots were: I can’t breathe!

The video shows FBI and police officers confronting Rahim in a CVS parking lot on Tuesday. Authorities have said Rahim, who was the subject of an ongoing terror investigation, threatened police with a military-style knife after being ordered to surrender, NBC News reported.

"As they retreated, Rahim continued to move forward and was shot three times in the front of his body," police said.

The FBI decided to move in on Rahim after hearing in a tapped phone conversation that he planned to launch a knife attack against law enforcement "at any moment," and just before they believed he was about to board a public bus, according to CNN, which reports that Rahim had been under FBI surveillance for a couple of years.

"In the 10 days before his shooting, the agency watched him 24 hours a day," CNN reported, which also reported that Rahim had ordered military-grade fighting knives online.

Authorities have arrested David Wright, who Usaamah Rahim referred to as his cousin and whose conversations with Rahim the FBI had recorded.

Wright, according to CNN, disclosed to CNN that he, Rahim and another person from Rhode Island discussed a plan for Rahim to behead Pamela Geller, the outspoken Jewish-American activist.

"But Rahim got impatient about his target, the FBI said, and focused on a much more accessible one: police officers," according to CNN. "'I'm just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue. Cause, ah, it's the easiest target," Rahim said in the recorded conversation with Wright.

Two hours later — and after Rahim phoned his father to say "his goodbyes" — police moved in on Rahim in the CVS lot.

Wright is facing a charge of obstructing a federal investigation for allegedly destroying evidence on Rahim's phone.

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After initially claiming on Facebook that Boston police fatally shot terror suspect Usaamah Rahim in the back for no reason, Rahim's brother has acknowledged to CNN that his post was incorrect.
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