A Florida prosecutor’s independent report, released Tuesday, says an FBI agent was justified when he shot and killed Ibraghim Todashev during questioning in Todashev’s Orlando apartment last May.
The full report confirms what the Washington Post reported last Thursday via sources.
During questioning, after flipping a coffee table, Todashev allegedly rummaged through drawers in his kitchen and then approached the agent and a Massachusetts State Police trooper with a long pole, “with the end of the pole pointed toward [the agent] as if intended to be used to impale rather than strike,” according to an excerpt of the report quoted in the Boston Globe.
The agent then shot Todashev, a 27-year-old Chechen man and mixed-matrial arts fighter, three or four times. Todashev then lunged at the agent, according to the Globe’s summation, and was shot again. He was shot seven times in all.
According to the report, by Florida state prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton, prior to being killed, Todashev implicated himself and Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, also now deceased, in the 2011 triple homicide in Waltham.