Tsarnaev friend killed in Orlando during shootout with police

Tsarnaev friend killed in Orlando during shootout with police

A man who knew Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been shot and killed in Orlando.

The shooting happened Wednesday night, according to our affiliate WFTV, in Orlando. A friend of the man killed, says his name is Ibragim Todashev. Authorities say the man was being questioned in connection with the Boston Bombings. Khusen Taramov, a friend of the suspect, says Todashev had a ticket to New York, and from there planned to return home to Chechnya. Taramov says the authorities asked Todashev to stay for further questioning. Taramov also said Todashev was an MMA fighter, like bombing suspect Tsarnaev.


NBC reported:

A friend of the suspect, Khusn Taramiv, said his friend, 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev, was being investigated as part of the Boston bombings and knew Tsarnaev because both were MMA fighters.

Taramiv claims he and Todashev were interviewed by the FBI for nearly three hours on Tuesday.

“(The FBI) took me and my friend, the suspect that got killed. They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back,” Taramiv said.

“He felt inside he was going to get shot,” Taramiv said about Todashev. “I told him, ‘Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.’”

Taramiv said he left the interview and when he came back to the apartments he found that there had been a shooting.

“I was completely shocked. I still can’t believe it, you know what I mean?” he said.

WFTV says the FBI swarmed Todashev’s apartment complex, Windhover Condominiums near Kirkman Avenue, just before Midnight Wednesday. In a statement, the FBI confirmed one of their agents was involved in the shooting. The FBI says their agent was conducting official duties when he opened fire on the man.

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