“An FBI agent fatally shot a Chechen man in Orlando, Florida early Wednesday after the man allegedly turned violent,” dailymail.co.uk reports. This much we knew. We now learn he did so “as [Ibragim Todashev] was preparing to sign a written confession to his involvement in a 2011 triple homicide.” What’s more, Todashev “allegedly turned violent and pulled a knife on the FBI agent. The agent was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.” So much for Todashev’s mad skillz in mixed martial arts. Back to that triple killing . . .
No suspects had been arrested in that case, in which three men were found in an apartment in Waltham, Mass. on Sept. 11, 2011 with their throats cut and marijuana covering their bodies.
Massachusetts investigators had reported earlier this month that they were uncovering ‘mounting evidence’ that Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, were involved in the slaying. One of the victims, Brendan Mess, was a close friend of Tamerlan’s.
Officials told NBC that Todashev had admitted to being involved in the slaying and that he was preparing to sign a written statement based on his confession when he turned violent and was subsequently shot dead. The officials also told NBC that Todashev had some connections with radical Chechen rebels.
So what’s the connection between the homicide and the bombing? Did the boys suddenly develop a taste for killing? Were they blackmailed? Will we ever know?