Authorities say that during the interview, Todashev became agitated and lunged with a knife in hand, provoking the shooting.
Khusen Taramov, a friend of the dead suspect, explains that Todashev and dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev were casual acquaintances through a Boston-area gym where they practiced mixed-martial-arts. He also tells reporters that both he and Todashev have been followed and repeatedly questioned by agents ever since the bombing occurred, but states emphatically that they have no ties whatsoever to the deadly event.
"This shootout, it's impossible. I know that. It's impossible. That's the last thing he would do even if he had a gun."-Khusen Taramov
Todashev was reluctant to go meet with authorities, but Taramov cautioned him that it would look suspicious and that they would be followed even more closely if he didn't meet with them. Taramov says that Todashev did not have a knife or any weapons on whim when they arrived at a residential condo for the interview, and emptied all of his pockets before he got out of the car, even leaving his cellphone behind. Todashev was also questioned but released, and told they would be questioning Todashev longer. When he came back later, he realized something had gone terribly wrong inside, because of all the police activity now at the location.
You can see some of Taramov's interviews just after the fatal shooting at MY FOX ORLANDO.
In a strange twist to this saga, authorities may have actually been focused on a crime other than the Boston bombing, according to the latest reports. Investigators are now saying that Todashev admitted to taking part in a 2011 triple homicide, along with alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, according to ABC News 2 Orlando.
2011 Waltham Murders
On September 11, 2011 three men were murdered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Their bodies were discovered the following afternoon, in a blood-drenched apartment by the girlfriend of one of the victims. The three were believed to have been involved in drug sales, and authorities believed that the victims knew their killer or killers, but no clear motive was established. Police searched for two suspects, but the case was never solved.
Strangely enough, one of those victims was a close friend of dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. While some have suspected that Tamerlan may have played a role in the murders, along with his brother Dzhokhar, it is now being reported that Ibragim Todashev was actually the second suspect. ABC's sources say that Todashev was about to sign a statement admitting his role in the grisly murders, when he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife, and was then shot and killed.
Those same sources also report that the motive for the triple-murder was so that Todashev and Tsarnaev could not be identified to police, after they ripped off the trio for their drugs. This seems to be in sharp contradiction though to the fact that 7 pounds of marijuana had been scattered over the victims' bodies, and that there was over $5000 in cash left at the scene along with many other valuables, including, coincidentally enough, a black Mercedes-Benz.