A man linked to one of the Boston Marathon bombers was shot dead early Wednesday by an FBI agent in Orlando, Fla.
Ibragim Todashev was being interviewed by the FBI, and it’s reported that he “went crazy,” pulling a knife and stabbing an agent several times, according to ABC News. The agents injuries were said to be “non-life threatening.”
Todashev is a 27-year-old Chechen and apparent acquaintance of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers suspected of planning and carrying out the Boston Marathon terror attack last month.
According to ABC News, Todashev was originally being questioned about any role in the marathon bombing when it emerged he had connections to a 2011 unsolved triple murder.
As previously reported, police suspected Tamerlan Tsarnaev of being involved in the murders of Tamerlan’s close friend and two Jewish men that took place on the ten year anniversary of 9/11/2001.
Brendan Mess was found murdered in an apartment in Waltham, Mass., along with Erik Weissman and Raphael Teken. Forensic evident pointed to Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the killings.
ABC News reports that Todashev was “about to sign a statement” admitting to a role right before he attacked the FBI agent.
Tamerlan and Mess were once roommates and did boxing and martial arts training together, which is where their paths crossed with Todashev.
“Back in Boston, they used to hang out. Not hang out, he [Todashev] just knew him. He met them a few times because he was an MMA fighter, [and] the other guy was boxer. They just knew each other that’s it,” Khusen Taramov told the local ABC affiliate.
Taramov was questioned earlier in the evening by the FBI and released.