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Chechen armed with metal stick, officials say

| Saturday, June 1, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

Ibragim Todashev, the Chechen acquaintance of one of the accused Boston bombers, was shot about a half-dozen times in several seconds by an FBI agent because he twice lunged at the officer with a metal stick, according to senior federal law enforcement officials.

The description of events follows a series of unofficial and contradictory accounts that surfaced after the shooting in Todashev's Orlando apartment on May 22, including early reports — later said to be inaccurate — that he attacked the agent with a knife.

Under FBI regulations regarding the use of deadly force, agents can discharge their weapons if they believe they are threatened with death or serious bodily injury. The FBI's shooting incident review team is investigating the incident, and its findings will be examined by a Shooting Incident Review Group, which consists of members of the FBI and the Justice Department.

Todashev's family has questioned whether the shooting was justified and is demanding the release of the autopsy report and other medical records from the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office.

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