• Agent in Todashev could be cleared


    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation say a Florida prosecutor will likely clear an FBI agent in the fatal shooting of a Chechen man as he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

    Officials said State Attorney Jeff Ashton won't bring charges against the agent, but his office claims Ashton has not made a decision on the matter.

    Both officials spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the case. Ashton's report will be released Tuesday.

    The Washington Post first reported the prosecutor's decision.

    The Justice Department also has been investigating, but has not yet released its findings.

    Ibragim Todashev, 27, was killed in Orlando in May while FBI agents and others questioned him about his friendship with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    Authorities said Todeshev lunged at the agent, who then opened fire.

    Officials have been very tight-lipped about the investigation and the FBI found no wrong doing by the agent last year after it concluded its investigation.

    But the State Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department were each doing separate investigations.

    Hassan Shibly, with the Islamic right’s group, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said the reports that the agent will be cleared are concerning but he doesn’t want to comment until he reads the agency’s report for himself.

    The reports should be released next Tuesday.

    CAIR leaders said they are also concerned about what has happened to some of Todeshev's friends since the shooting.

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