Orlando FBI Agent Kills Man Linked to Boston Suspects

A man was fatally shot when a team of FBI agents swarmed an apartment complex near Universal Studios in Orlando.

The shooting happened early Wednesday.

An FBI spokesman told Orlando television stations that their agent was conducting official duties when the shooting occurred. No further details were released, but the agency says an update is expected later Wednesday.

CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former FBI assistant director, reported on “CBS This Morning” that the victim was a friend of the older brother suspected in last month’s deadly terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Miller reported that FBI agents went to the apartment of the man, Ibrahim Todashev, after midnight Wednesday morning to question him.

“He had been interviewed along with a number of other people in the apartment complex, but the interest in him was higher because of a couple of factors: He was in contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He had been to Boston to visit him, and he was planning a trip to Chechnya,” Miller said.

In a statement Wednesday, the FBI said, “We are currently responding to a shooting incident involving an FBI special agent. The incident occurred in Orlando Florida. The agent encountered the suspect while conducting official duties. The suspect is deceased. We do not have any further details at this time. We expect to have more information later this morning.”


Source: Associated Press, CBS News