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Fla. Agency Won’t Investigate Shooting of Chechen

Ibragim Todashev was arrested May 4, 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla. for alleged aggravated battery. (Orange County Sheriff's Office)

Ibragim Todashev was arrested May 4, 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla. for alleged aggravated battery. (Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

MIAMI (AP) — State investigators in Florida have rejected a request to conduct an independent probe of the death of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

In a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement declined to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting death of Ibragim Todashev.

Todashev was killed in May while being questioned by FBI agents, Massachusetts state troopers and others. Officials originally said Todashev lunged at an FBI agent with a knife. They later said it was no longer clear what happened.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said in Tuesday’s letter that it would be inappropriate for the state agency to intervene.

ACLU of Florida director Howard Simon said he found the response extremely disappointing.

An investigation is being led by the FBI.


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