Prosecutor Clears FBI Agent Who Shot Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombing

March 21, 2014 11:49 am

A Florida prosecutor on Friday cleared the FBI agent who shot and killed a Chechen man connected to Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon last year, the Washington Post reported.

According to the FBI, Ibragim Todashev, a friend of the Tsarnaevs, attacked the agent with a metal pole during a May 22 interview in Orlando, which then prompted the agent to use deadly force in self-defense. The FBI had already cleared the agent from any wrongdoing “several months ago,” according to the Post.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is also conducting an investigation into the incident.

UPDATE: The state attorney in Florida, Jeff Ashton, is denying the Post’s report.

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