Authorities revealed that Ibragim Todashev, the 27-year-old friend of Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev that was shot dead by the FBI in Florida last week, was unarmed when he was killed, reports The Telegraph.
On May 22, authorities were interviewing Todashev in connection to the grisly murder of Tsarnaev’s best friend, Brendan Mess, and two others in 2011. The three men were found with their throats slit and their bodies covered in marijuana. NBC reported that the murders were the result of a drug deal gone wrong and that Tsarnaev and Todashev killed the men to keep their identities a secret after cheating the victims. During Todashev’s interrogation by an FBI agent and other law enforcement personnel, the suspect was in the middle of a confession when he allegedly attacked the authorities, prompting the FBI agent to shoot and kill him.
The FBI agent claimed Todashev attacked him with a knife, but an anonymous official now says that the suspect did lunge at the agent and overturned a table, but he was not armed with a knife or a gun.
Investigators said the matter would be probed, however, it could take several months.
“The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement Wednesday. “The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”