And he got a knife from where?
Florida Man Shot by FBI Was About to Sign Boston Murder Confession:
By MICHELE McPHEE, JAMES GORDON MEEK, PIERRE THOMAS (@PierreTABC) and JOSH
MARGOLIN (@JoshMargolin) May 22, 2013
The man shot dead by an FBI agent in Orlando, Florida early today was "about
to sign a statement" admitting to a role, along with Boston Marathon bombing
suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in an unsolved triple murder in Massachusetts in
2011, two people with direct knowledge of the case told ABC News.
Ibragim Todashev "just went crazy," and pulled a knife during his interview
with the FBI, said state and federal law enforcement officials briefed on
the latest strange twist in the investigation of the Boston Marathon
One official said an FBI agent was stabbed several times, although his
injuries were described by the FBI as "non-life threatening."
FBI agents and Massachusetts state police began to question Todashev after
his name and phone number were recovered from the phone of the dead bombing
suspect. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police days after
he and his younger brother Dzhokhar allegedly planted two bombs near the
finish line at the Boston Marathon April 15, killing three and injuring more
than 260 others. Dzhokhar was later captured and is in custody.
Todashev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev both fought mixed martial arts in the name of
Boston's Wai Kru gym, where one of the 2011 triple murder victims, Brendan
Mess, also trained, according to a former fighter there and law enforcement
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According to officials, Todashev was initially being questioned about any
role in the marathon bombing when it emerged he had connections to the
gruesome murder. There is no indication Todashev was tied to the bombing,
sources familiar with the case said.
In the wake of the bombing, detectives developed DNA evidence linking both
Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar to the triple murder
The three men who were killed had their throats slit and their bodies were
left with cash and marijuana placed on top of them. The murder took place on
September 11, 2011, the ten year anniversary of the al Qaeda terror attacks
on New York and Washington.
Also killed with Mess were Raffael Teken and Eric Weissman. A spokesperson
for the Middlesex County district attorney, which is handling the triple
murder investigation, declined to make any official statement today.
According to a recent Florida police report, Todashev was arrested May 4 and
booked with aggravated battery for allegedly fighting with a father and son
over a parking space in a mall parking lot in Kissimmee, Fla. Todashev had
told police he fought in self-defense as the son "came at him swinging"
after Todashev pushed the father. The father did not want to press charges,
but the son did, the report said.
Todashev was a lawful permanent resident holding a Russian passport, when he
arrived in the U.S. in 2008 on a student visa, a senior U.S. official told
Despite a recent assault arrest, his immigration file was devoid of
derogatory information, the official said.
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