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article imageFlorida report: Todashev shot 3 times in the back by FBI agent

By Ralph Lopez     Mar 31, 2014 in World
A Florida states attorney has concluded that Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot three times in the back and once to the top of the head out of a total of seven shots fired by an FBI special agent.
Todashev was killed after he allegedly attacked the agent and a Massachusetts state trooper during an interview in his Florida apartment, which the FBI says was about a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, MA.
The State of Florida's investigation, at the same time, accepts the scenario put forth by the FBI that the agent was responding to a frontal charge by Todashev with a metal stick or broom handle, during which the agent and the state trooper were in fear for their lives. (FULL FLORIDA STATES ATTORNEY REPORT HERE)
The report is signed off on by Florida State's Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton.
Todashev was a professional mixed martial arts fighter, although his father has told the media that as a result of a knee injury and surgery, Todashev could not move on his feet very quickly. Last July, the FBI blocked the Florida coroner's office from releasing the autopsy report.
Orange County booking photo from May 4  2013
Orange County booking photo from May 4, 2013
Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office
The report states:
"One projectile entered the top of the head, passed through the brain and the base of the skull. Three projectiles entered the back; one exited and two were recovered from the body."
Two other bullets entered Todashev's left-upper arm, and one the left side of his chest. The shot to the top of the head would either had to have been the last shot, since it would be immediately incapacitating, or if it was not the last shot, the other shots would have been delivered while the victim was shot in the head and on the ground.
In the report, the FBI agent's statement is reproduced as follows:
“In order to stop this threat, I shot Todashev three to four times. Todashev fell backwards, but did not go to the ground. He then re-established his footing and suddenly lunged toward us. I shot him three or four more times in order to stop his continuing deadly threat. This time Todashev fell to the ground face first and I believed the threat had been eliminated.”
Below: Image of page from official Florida State's Attorney Report
Passage from page 20 of Florida states attorney final report on FBI shooting of Igbrahim Todashev
Passage from page 20 of Florida states attorney final report on FBI shooting of Igbrahim Todashev
In its own official report clearing the agent of wrongdoing, entitled "U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Report on the Death of Ibragim Todashev March 25, 2014," the FBI describes the incident, saying:
"As Todashev began to write a statement detailing his role in the murder, he suddenly struck the FBI Agent with the coffee table he was writing on and ran to the kitchen area. The Agent, who sustained a serious head wound, drew his handgun. Todashev ignored commands to show his hands, armed himself with an approximately five-foot long, hollow, metal utility pole, and charged back toward the Assisting Trooper and the Agent. Other available evidence is consistent with the eye-witness law enforcement officers’ accounts that, fearing that Todashev intended to seriously injure or kill someone, the Agent fired two volleys, striking Todashev with seven shots causing Todashev’s death."
Some reports describe Todachev as 'flipping' the coffee table he was writing on. The FBI Civil Rights Division Report does not describe the exact placement of the shots.
The identities of the FBI agent who did the shooting, another FBI agent present, and two Massachusetts State Troopers remain undisclosed in the report.
The FBI claims that Todashev had just implicated both himself and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a triple murder in Waltham in 2011, and says that previous interviews discussed the triple homocide. But Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Tampa, Florida, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Los Angeles Times that his group was gathering expenditure receipts that showed that Todashev was traveling in Atlanta with his wife when the murders took place. And in February 2014, Todashev's wife confirmed that the two were in Atlanta, and told Boston Magazine reporter Susan Zalkind that she had a bank statement which could prove it.
The Todashev family plans to release its own report by private investigators.
Todashev's wife, Reni Manukyan, told the Boston Globe that the murders were never discussed in prior interviews. She said:
“It never, ever came up...Everything they asked was about the bombing.”
Todashev's father first produced autopsy photos of his son at a press conference in Russia last year, claiming the killing was an "execution." The newly-released Florida report confirms the locations of the entry wounds as described by Todashev's father.
A man who said he was Todashev's best friend in Florida also said the Waltham murders were never brought up by the FBI, according to Todashev. Khusen Taramov, who said he had spent nearly every moment with Todashev since the bombing, insisted that his friend had never been asked about the triple slaying in Waltham. Taramov told the Boston Globe:
“We told each other everything, everything...He never said anything about any murder and they never asked him anything about that. Just about the bombings and [Tamerlan] Tsarnaev.”
Taramov said in a press conference that he had been waiting outside with another agent during the five hour interview, but that at 11:30 pm, about one-half hour before the shooting, he had been asked to leave, and to wait for Todashev at a restaurant. When he returned on his own to check on Todashev, the crime scene had already been sealed off.
Tamarov said that Todashev had been called almost daily by agents in the time between the bombings on April 15, 2013, and Todashev's death on May 22, 2013, but that Todashev had been assured that the May 22 interview would be the last one.
“They told us they needed just one more interview...They said the case was closed after this.”
The Florida report also indicated that audio and video recordings of the interview were in progress, but that the recording devices did not capture the shooting.
The Todashev family's private investigator has surmised that the absence of blood splatters on the walls indicate that Todashev was shot while on the ground, not while standing. The weapon used by the FBI agent was a .40 Glock.
Todashev Apartment, Bloodstains Indicate Where Todashev Fell
Photo of spot near front door of apartment where Todashev fell.
Photo of spot near front door of apartment where Todashev fell.
Todashev Family
The FBI has been accused of the harassment and persecution of Todashev's friends who hold US visas, who have one by one been deported or refused re-entry into the country. Separated from his wife by the time of the Boston Marathon, one of the first to be deported was Todashev's live-in girlfriend in Florida, Tatiana Gruzdeva. Gruzdeva was arrested as she waited for Todashev in the FBI offices during one of his interviews. Boston Magazine's Zalkind writes:
"When agents didn’t get the answers they wanted, Tatiana said, they told her they would call immigration officials to detain her. Her visa had expired weeks before. “I said, ‘Come on guys, you cannot do this! Because all this two and a half weeks, you know my visa was expired and you didn’t do anything. And [now] because you need me and I say I don’t want to help you, you just call to immigration?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, that’s right.’ And they called immigration and immigration came and they took me and they put me in the jail.”
For a week, she said, she was kept in an immigration detention facility. She was allowed to talk to Ibragim every day on the phone. She said he told her that when he had come to find her in the lobby the day she was detained, FBI agents mocked him, saying, “Where’s your girlfriend?”"
Gruzdeva was told repeatedly by immigration authorities that she was being deported for speaking to Boston Magazine.
Boston Magazine's Zalkind also details the discomfort and fear felt by Todashev, according to his friend Taramov, at attending the last interview. Zalkind writes:
"heading to meet the “men from Boston,” his demeanor changed. Ibragim gave [Taramov] his family’s phone number back in Chechnya, and told him about the $4,000 he had in his apartment, inside his jacket pocket. In case he got locked up, [Taramov] thought..."
Among other questions unanswered are why Todashev would be using pen and paper to make a written confession if audio and video recording devices were in use. Todashev also, according to the FBI's scenario, chose to go forward and make a written confession without the presence or advice of an attorney. Todashev's father also questions why, if his son was considered so dangerous, he was not arrested or handcuffed, as he was in at least one previous interview. Boston Magazine's Zalkind writes that, on the day after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was named as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, six FBI agents took Todashev into custody at his Florida apartment:
"They handcuffed Ibragim and made him sit in the middle of the room, and began questioning him about the Boston bombings, asking him what he knew and where he was on the day of the attack..."
Other reporters, such as The Atlantic's Conor Fiedersdorf, have questioned the numerous different accounts of the shooting put out by law enforcement sources as time passed, such as initial reports that Todashev had lunged at the officers with a knife.
Numerous high-profile reporters have taken hold of the numerous inconsistencies in the FBI's official narrative, such as the Globe's Joan Vennochi, and award-winning journalist for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair Russ Baker. Baker has recently started a website for the purpose of dissecting the official narrative on the Boston Marathon and other historical events and weighing the facts surrounding them. Baker's site is
The Boston Marathon bombing resulted in the first-ever city-wide "lockdown," as it was referred to in the media, in which residents were "ordered" to stay indoors, as the manhunt for the suspects took place. Critics of the response say that the state over-reached its authority in essentially declaring martial law.
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