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Article published May 21, 2013
Man fatally shot by FBI in Boston bombing probe
ORLANDO, Fla. — A man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot this morning when he initiated a violent confrontation, FBI officials said. The shooting took place in Orlando where an FBI agent along with other law enforcement personnel were interviewing the man, identified as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev. In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the FBI agent acted on an imminent threat and shot Todashev. The FBI agent was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. An FBI team was dispatched from Washington to review the shooting, a standard step that is taken in such incidents. Even before his encounter with the FBI, Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, had a recent run-in with law enforcement. He was arrested earlier this month on a charge of aggravated battery after getting into a fight over a parking spot with a 54-year-old man and his 35-year-old son over a parking spot at an Orlando shopping mall. The 35-year-old man was hospitalized with a split upper lip and several teeth knocked out, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. “Todashev was released on $3,500 bond after his May 4 arrest. His attorney, Alain Rivas, didn’t immediately respond to a phone inquiry Wednesday.