State Attorney Jeff Ashton will not bring charges against a FBI agent in the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev in Orlando, an investigation concluded.
FBI agents and two Massachusetts State Police troopers were questioning 27-year-old Todashev about a 2011 triple homicide in Waltham, Mass., as well as his relationship with deceased Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, when the shooting occurred in May 2013.
The report released Tuesday details what happened inside Todashev’s residence that led to the shooting, based on evidence from the scene and accounts from the two troopers and FBI agent involved. According the troopers and FBI agent, Todashev had just confessed to a role in the triple homicide in Massachusetts when his demeanor changed.
One of the troopers left the residence to call a prosecutor in Massachusetts, as the two others remained in the apartment.
“Be on guard. He is in vulnerable position to do something bad. Be on guard now. I see him looking around at times,” the agent texted to one of the troopers.
Moments later, Todashev flipped a coffee table in the air, striking the FBI agent in the head and knocking him to the ground, the report said.
Todashev then ran into the kitchen where he grabbed “a long pole of some sort” and held it like a javelin as he advanced on one of the state police troopers, according to the report.
The FBI agent fired three to four shots at Todashev. As he was on the ground and still moving toward authorities, the agent fired three or four more times, the report said.
Ashton said in the documents that “the actions of the Special Agent of the FBI were justified in self-defense and in defense of another.”
According to the report, no neighborhood canvass was performed after the shooting to determine what neighbors had heard. Audio and video recording devices had been turned off because Todashev had already confessed, the report indicates.
“The one common thread among all was the observation that he was, at his core, a fearless fighter. Perhaps on this occasion, he simply reverted to that basic aspect of his personality and chose to go down fighting,” Ashton said in a letter to FBI director James Comey.
Todashev’s father claims his son was tortured and shot 13 times.
The American Civil Liberties Union in both Florida and Massachusetts had previously called for independent investigations into the shooting, and that is when the FBI and Ashton’s office started reviewing the incident.
The Justice Department has also been investigating the shooting, but has not yet released its findings.