ORLANDO, Fla. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The father of a Chechen immigrant who was fatally shot by an FBI agent while being questioned reportedly believes his son was tortured.
According to Reuters, Abdulbaki Todashev plans to travel to the U.S. to "get to the truth" in the death of his son, 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev. He is quoted as saying he suspects his son was tortured and "suffered a painful death."
Todashev was the oldest of 12 children Abdulbaki had with his two wives.
Abdulbaki says he gave his son permission to stay in the U.S. after he traveled to the country in 2008 because he believed it to be safer than war-torn Chechnya.
Sources told FOX 25's Bob Ward that Todashev was about to sign a confession linking him to an unsolved 2011 triple murder in Waltham when he became violent and stabbed an agent in the head with a knife. He was shot and killed by authorities.
The FBI agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Todashev's ex-wife and a close friend reportedly told the Boston Globe Thursday that the feds never asked Todashev about the 2011 murders in the Boston Globe. They insist investigators only wanted to know more about Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the Boston Marathon bombings.
Khusen Taramov, a man who identified himself as a friend of Todashev told MyFoxOrlando.com that Todashev knew suspected marathon bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev from mixed martial arts fighting. Taramov says the 27-year-old used to talk on the phone with Tsarnaev. Their most recent conversation reportedly took place after the marathon bombings.
Todashev was arrested on May 4 after getting into a fight with another man at a mall in Florida, reports Reuters. The man did not press charges against him.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says Todashev was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, and civil infractions after a road rage incident in 2010. Todashev admitted to facts sufficient for a finding of guilty in the fall of 2010 and his case was continued without a finding for a period of 9 months. During that time, Todashev did not re-offend and the charges were dismissed.
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