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Florida Prosecutor Finds Fatal Shooting Of Tsarnaev Friend Justified

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March 25, 2014 AT 12:09 PM
The Chechen man with ties to the dead Boston bombing suspect was wielding a pole like a javelin when an FBI agent shot him in self-defense last year, a Florida prosecutor said Tuesday. Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was killed last May in his Orlando home – but only after his sudden, physical outburst threatened the lives of the officers inside, said State’s Attorney Jeffrey Ashton in his detailed report to the FBI. Officers with the Massachusetts State Police and FBI agents were questioning Todashev about his relationship with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and their connections to a grisly triple homicide on Sept. 11, 2011, in Waltham, Mass. Todashev was in the midst of writing a statement admitting to “some involvement” in that slaying when he grew agitated with authorities and pounced.