ORLANDO, Fla. (MyFoxBoston/MyFoxOrlando) – An acquaintance of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers who was shot and killed by an FBI agent late Tuesday night was about to sign a document linking him to a triple murder in Waltham.
The FBI identified the man as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, of 6022 Peregrine Ave. in Orlando. A friend said Todashev, a former Cambridge resident and mixed martial arts enthusiast, was friends with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
According to an FBI press release, Todashev, a Chechen immigrant, was being questioned by two Massachusetts State Police troopers and an FBI agent. Sources told FOX 25 that the questioning focused on an unsolved triple murder in Waltham in 2011.
Sources told FOX 25's Bob Ward that Todashev was about to sign a confession linking him to the murders when he became violent and stabbed an agent in the head with a knife. He was shot and killed by authorities.
The FBI agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Khusen Taramov, a man at the Peregrine Avenue scene who identified himself as a friend of Todashev told MyFoxOrlando.com that Todashev knew suspected marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev from mixed martial arts fighting.
An Internet search of Todashev brought up several videos of boxing matches. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer in Massachusetts.
"He used to talk on the phone with him [Tsarnaev]," Taramov told MyFoxOrlando.com of his friend. "They talked last time a month ago. After the bombing, I couldn't believe it," he said.
Taramov said the FBI had questioned him earlier Tuesday, but he was allowed to leave. When he returned, he said he found out his friend had been shot dead, he said.
"The FBI kept asking, 'What's the connection?' But there is no connection... no connection."
Taramov said Todashev had planned to return to Chechnya, but had canceled his tickets.
"Me and him and my friends, we knew this was going to happen. That's why he wanted to leave the country," Taramov said. "But he canceled the tickets. The FBI's been pushing him, 'Don't leave, don't leave.' So he decided to stay," he said.
"The FBI knows what happened," Taramov said.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says Todashev was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, and civil infractions after a car crash in 2010.
Jake Wark, spokesman for the district attorney's office, says Todashev was traveling on Washington Street in Boston just after 3 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2010 when he began arguing with the occupants of a Mazda 3.
The argument led Todashev, the Mazda, and a third car to the area of 172 Tremont Street where Todashev reportedly came to a sudden stop. The third car, a Pontiac Vibe, hit his car at which time Todashev jumped out and began shouting at the occupants of the Mazda. He was restained by witnesses by the time police arrived, but was still shouting threats.
Witnesses told police that the occupants of the Mazda kicked Todashev while he was being restrained. Investigators said he did not sustain any injuries and no assault charges were filed.
Todashev admitted to facts sufficient for a finding of guilty in the fall of 2010 and his case was continued without a finding for a period of 9 months. During that time, Todashev did not re-offend and the charges were dismissed.
Statement from the FBI:
"We are currently responding to a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent. The incident occurred in Orlando Florida. The agent encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. The suspect is deceased. We do not have any further details at this time. We expect to have more information later this morning."