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FBI: Man fatally shot in Orlando during Boston bombing probe

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A man being questioned by authorities in the Boston bombing probe was fatally shot when he initiated a violent confrontation, FBI officials said Wednesday. The man is said to be linked to suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The shooting early Wednesday took place in Orlando, Fla., where an FBI agent along with other law enforcement personnel were interviewing the man, identified as 27-year-old Ibragim Todashev - a native of Chechnya.

In a statement, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said the FBI agent acted on an imminent threat and shot Todashev. 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.

Even before his encounter with the FBI, Todashev, a mixed martial arts fighter, had a recent run-in with law enforcement.

He was arrested earlier this month on a charge of aggravated battery after getting into a fight over a parking spot with a 54-year-old man and his 35-year-old son over a parking spot at an Orlando shopping mall. The 35-year-old man was hospitalized with a split upper lip and several teeth knocked out, according to a report from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

"Also by his own admission Todashev was recently a former mixed martial arts fighter," the arresting deputy said in his report. "This skill puts his fighting ability way above that of a normal person."

Todashev was released on $3,500 bond after his May 4 arrest. His attorney, Alain Rivas, didn't immediately respond to a phone inquiry Wednesday.

Police tape blocked off the complex of townhomes near Universal Studios where Todashev was shot.

Jared Morse, who lives in the next building from Todashev's unit, said he had been watching an NBA game when he heard loud bangs that sounded like gunfire.

"It's crazy, especially in this neighborhood," Morse said as he walked his dog. "Nothing like this ever happens here."

The FBI said he had a relationship to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar's older brother, when both men were involved in mixed martial arts fighting. Tamerlan was killed during the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in April.

FOX 32's affiliate in Orlando reports that a friend of Todashev said the man met Tamerlan, but was not his friend. The friend said the men did not speak on a regular basis.

The friend also told the Orlando FOX affiliate Todashev said Todashev spoke with Tamerlan Tsarnaev about a month before the bombing, but it was a casual conversation and had nothing to do with the attack.

Todashev's friend said they have been cooperating with police since the Boston bombing, and that Wednesday was to be a wrap up of police questioning.

FOX 32 News and an Orlando affiliate contributed to this report.

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