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May 22, 2013

FBI: Man fatally shot in Boston bombing probe

ORLANDO, Fla. —

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities while being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case early Wednesday after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, officials said.

Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was gunned down at his home during a meeting with the agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The FBI gave no details on why they were interested in Todashev. But acquaintances said Todashev knew one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, from mixed martial arts fighting in Boston. Public records also show Todashev lived in Watertown, Mass., just outside Boston, last year.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police days after the April 15 bombings. His brother, Dzhokhar, survived and is charged with carrying out the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Muslin Chapkhanov, a former roommate of Todashev's in the Orlando suburb of Kissimmee, Fla., said Todashev knew the older Tsarnaev brother. "He was living in Boston and I think he trained with him," Chapkhanov told The Associated Press.

Saeed Dunkaev, a roommate of Todashev's, told The Associated Press that Todashev had lived off and on with a group of other Chechens in a townhouse in Kissimmee.

"He's a regular guy, nothing wrong," Dunkaev said.

Another roommate, Khusen Tamarov, said the roommates were questioned by authorities Tuesday night. Todashev was afraid of being interrogated at a law enforcement office and had asked that the questioning take place someplace else, Tamarov said.

"This is the last thing I thought they would do," Tamarov said. "We had nothing to do with this. He had nothing to do with this."

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