Ibragim Todashev, an Orlando, Fla., associate of one of the Boston bombing suspects, was not armed when he was involved an alleged violent confrontation with an FBI agent that resulted in Todashev being shot to death in his apartment, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
The FBI, along with two members of the Massachusetts State Police, was interviewing Todashev during the early morning hours of May 22 when the alleged confrontation took place.
Todashev was a trained mixed martial arts fighter. The FBI agent sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the incident.
Just before the deadly confrontation took place, Todashev, law enforcement source said, allegedly was preparing to sign a statement confessing his involvement in a 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts.
One law enforcement official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said Wednesday that Todashev lunged at the agent and overturned a table. But the official said Todashev did not have a gun or a knife. A second official also said Todashev was unarmed.
An official said that according to one account of the shooting, the other law enforcement officials had just stepped out of the room, leaving the FBI agent alone with Todashev, when the confrontation occurred.
The shooting followed hours of questioning by the law enforcement officials that had begun the night before.
Todashev’s father said after the shooting that he didn’t believe the FBI’s account of why they killed his son.
“My son could never commit a crime, I know my son too well,” Abdul-Baki Todashev, who lives in Chechnya, told the Daily Beast Web site. “He worked helping disabled people in America and did sports, coached other sportsmen. The FBI made up their accusations.”
Todashev, a martial arts fighter, met Tamerlan Tsarnaev in fighting circles in Boston before Todashev moved to Orlando.
A U.S. government official briefed on the FBI investigation told CNN in May that Todashev had agreed to talk to authorities and noted he was never arrested or handcuffed.
After one of the detectives left the room, the other noticed Todashev was acting odd, and he texted that sense to the FBI agent with him — the U.S. official told CNN. Those two law enforcement officials were the only ones with Todashev, according to this account.
Suddenly, Todashev knocked over a table — knocking the FBI agent back into a wall — and came at him with some sort of “long-handled object” that he’d grabbed from behind him, according to the official.
The agent fired a few rounds, but Todashev kept on coming, the official said. He finally stopped after yet more gunshots.
A law enforcement official told CNN that Todashev attacked the FBI agent with a broom handle, not a sword.
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Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
The Hostage Rescue Team, based in Quantico, is a domestic counterterrorism unit designed to handle hostage situations and criminal apprehensions. Among other things, team members are trained to rappel from helicopters, scuba dive and use explosives to break down doors and walls. The team can deploy within four hours to anywhere in the United States.
Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. To correct erroneous reports in other media, Special Agent Ann Todd, an FBI spokeswoman in Washington, said this week that Lorek and Shaw were not directly involved in the apprehension of Tsarnaev, nor even in Watertown, Mass., at the time of his arrest.
Todd also said a helicopter door that washed ashore the day after the incident did not come from the helicopter the agents were using to train.
“The door came from another FBI helicopter that was acting in a medevac capacity,” Todd said. “While attempting to render medical aid to the injured agents aboard the helicopter, a crew member attempted to close the aircraft door. As he closed the door, it inadvertently slid forward off the rails and into the water.”