The terrorism suspect shot to death Tuesday in Boston after lunging at a cop and a federal agent with a “military style knife” was plotting with another man to behead a Boston police officer, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Usaama Rahim, 26, a man authorities said was under round-the-clock surveillance, was shot and killed when the officer and agent confronted him, according to the Globe.
“He was someone we were watching for quite a time. The level of alarm brought us to question him today. I don’t think anybody expected the reaction we got out of him,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Tuesday.
Following the arrest of another man, David Wright, in connection with the case Tuesday night, a law enforcement source told the Globe the investigation was related to a plot to kill a law enforcement officer.
Wednesday police sources told the Boston Globe they had to act quickly.
“We believe the intent was to behead a police officer,” a source said. “We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.”
Another police official told the Globe Boston police and the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force knew of the plot because of information gathered while the suspects were under surveillance for the past several weeks.
Footage of the confrontation was caught on surveillance cameras and, according to police, shows the officers and FBI agents were approaching Rahim for questioning when he took out the knife and lunged towards them.
Evans said officers retreated and asked Rahim to drop the knife but he continued to come after them.
“It’s a difficult part of our job when we have to take a life,” Evans said. “But clearly, in these circumstances, both the FBI and the Boston police did everything they could possibly do to get this individual to drop his knife. At some point, unfortunately, they had to take the shot.”
Police officials said there were witnesses to the shooting that, accompanied with the surveillance footage, would corroborate their story.
But that didn’t stop the Black Lives Matter crowd and the usual “Islamophobia” suspects from making their groundless accusations.
Muslim leaders from Boston area say they are saddened by the shooting of Usaama Rahim and plan to view surveillance video tomorrow #wcvb
— Karen Anderson (@karenreports) June 2, 2015
— ELLA Shiba Diva (@coldgansett) June 2, 2015
— janeybird13 (@janeybird13) June 2, 2015
Media is getting fancy af with the lies, killed a Muslim man for allegedly being part of ISIS, ask for proof everyones quiet #UsaamaRahim
— دُنيا (@Dun___Dun) June 2, 2015
@Dun___Dun Well, there was that knife he wouldn’t put down. Enjoy the dirt nap.
— Paul Drake (@PaulWDrake) June 3, 2015
— Su’ad Abdul Khabeer (@DrSuad) June 3, 2015
He “lunged at the police with knife” but was shot in the back by them? Was he lunging backwards?! Not buying it. #UsaamaRahim
— Aisha❥ (@Misss_Aisha) June 3, 2015
— tasanjarwalla (@tasanjarwalla) June 3, 2015
Rahim’s brother, Boston Imam Ibrahim Rahim, took to Twitter to ask for prayers.
Pray4 my younger brother Usaama Rahim shot 3 X in his back by Boston Police then dying His last words I can’t breathe pic.twitter.com/XcZWeiigtg
— Ibrahim Rahim (@rahim_imam) June 2, 2015
@rahim_imam May Allāh accept your brother and grant strength and patience to your family. Sorry for your loss akhi
— আবু মারিয়া (@Faysal_FreeGaza) June 2, 2015
@rahim_imam Translation: Usaama was waiving around a machete at police like a crazy lunatic. But, you know, racism and stuff.
— Rusty Shackleford (@mypetjawa) June 2, 2015
.@rahim_imam and he had his hands up and a bag of Skittles in his pocket…
— DMartyr (@DMartyr) June 2, 2015
@rahim_imam Are you sure his last words weren’t Hands up, Don’t shoot? He got what he deserved.
— bob (@bigdaddy001) June 2, 2015
@rahim_imam he wanted to kill police, so happy they got to him first.
— bob (@bigdaddy001) June 2, 2015
— Ebony Warrior (@TheLastVigil) June 2, 2015
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