An Orlando man being questioned by the FBI about his relationship with the accused Boston bombers was shot and killed early Wednesday in a "violent confrontation" with authorities, the FBI said.
The man, identified as Ibragim Todashev, was being interviewed by a special agent of the FBI "in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the subject," the Bureau said in a statement.
"During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries," the FBI said, adding the incident was under review. The man killed by the FBI may have lived at one time in Boston, a law enforcement official told ABC News, adding that Wednesday's shooting came as a surprise during a cooperative interview.
Todashev came to the attention of the FBI after agents discovered he had been in contact with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder of the Tsarnaev brothers accused of the Boston Marathon bombing, just weeks prior to the attack, according to sources familiar with the case. There is no indication Todashev was tied to the bombing, the sources said.