Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Report on FBI Killing of Boston Bomber Pal Quell Conspiracy Theories?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Will Report on FBI Killing of Boston Bomber Pal Quell Conspiracy Theories?

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Did Ibragim Todashev, an associate of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, lunge with a knife at an FBI agent before being shot, or not? Was Mr. Todashev a violent street fighter lashing out at his federal persecutors - or a victim of an agency that sees itself as above the law?

For now, signs are pointing to both federal and state authorities clearing the FBI agent who killed Todashev as agents questioned the mixed martial arts fighter about what he knew about the twin Boston bombings. Those sources say investigators found that the agent was justified in using deadly force.

The May 20, 2013 shooting took place in the hectic and confusing aftermath of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and massive manhunt that led to the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the arrest of his younger brother, Dzhokhar.

Florida state prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton, the only independent investigator looking at the series of events that ended in Todashev's death, said on Friday that he has not made a decision about what actions he'll take upon release of a long-awaited report on the shooting, expected Monday.

In part because the FBI rarely releases its internal investigations to local authorities, there were conflicting reports about what happened, including a statement that Todashev tried to kill the agent with a samurai sword. Available police reports suggest the agent was attacked and was injured before shooting Todashev. The most-cited official explanation is that Todashev knocked the agent down and then attacked him with some kind of pole before being shot.

The unidentified FBI agent who shot Todashev was part of a team investigating the Tsarnaev brothers, particularly the connection between Tamerlan and a triple homicide in 2011. Todashev was reportedly about to sign a confession to his role in those murders when he attacked the FBI agent. A mixed-martial arts fighter, Todashev had been arrested for road rage in the past, and had beaten another man over a parking space just a week before he was killed. …

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