ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An advocacy group is demanding a civil rights investigation into the death of a Chechen immigrant who was shot to death by authorities in central Florida while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday his group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division to open a probe into how 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev died last week.
CAIR spokesman Hassan Shibly says he wants to know if excessive force was used or whether Todashev's rights were violated.
The FBI says Todashev was killed during a violent confrontation while he was being questioned by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers about his ties to slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as about a 2011 triple slaying in Massachusetts.
The medical examiner has ruled the death a homicide.
The FBI says a man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation.
The shooting incident early Wednesday took place in Orlando, Fla., where an FBI agent along with other law enforcement personnel were interviewing the man, identified by the FBI as Ibragim Todashev.
In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the FBI agent acted on an imminent threat and shot the interview subject.
Todashev was killed and the FBI agent was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
An FBI team was dispatched from Washington to review the shooting, a standard step that is taken in such incidents.
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