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FBI completes inquiry into death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend

IBRAGIM TODASHEVAssociated Press/File

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that it has completed an internal investigation into the fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and that it is “eager” for the results to be released.

The FBI’s investigation into the May 22 shooting has now been completed, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said. All that remains is for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to review the FBI investigation, Bresson said. The Justice Department will then write its report, which he said would be made public soon.

Reached by the Globe on Thursday, a DOJ spokeswoman would not provide a timeline for when that department would release its report.


Todashev was shot and killed in his Orlando apartment after a lengthy interrogation by an FBI agent. FBI officials have never formally discussed the shooting, other than to say they are investigating.

Various media outlets have reported conflicting details about the shooting in accounts they attributed to anonymous law enforcement officials.

The FBI said that Todashev injured an agent. Media reports have alleged that, in the moments before he was killed, Todashev was in the process of signing a confession about his and Tsarnaev’s involvement in an unsolved 2011 triple murder in Waltham.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters gathered Thursday for a briefing at FBI headquarters in Washington that his department’s review of the shooting has been finished for some time.

The meeting was the second that Comey has held with reporters since taking over the agency in September.

“I am eager for the report of that incident to be released,’’ Comey told reporters, according to the Huffington Post.

In declining to provide a new comment, a DOJ spokeswoman referred to a previously issued statement about the status of the investigation.

“The comprehensive inquiry into the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev that is being conducted by DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the FBI Inspection Division is ongoing.” the Justice Department said in a statement in early January.


Comey’s pledge that details will be forthcoming was delivered just weeks after Todashev’s father, a Chechen government official, released an e-mail he sent in December to President Obama petitioning for an intervention.

“I am not asking you to share my pain, but I am asking you, as the head of the great country, the guarantor of democracy in the modern world, to help the law and justice prevail,” Abdulbaki Todashev said in the e-mail.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story mentioned the Florida state’s attorney probe. The probe has not yet been completed.