VIDEO-FBI agent cleared in fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev - Orlando Sentinel

No charges will be filed against the FBI agent who fatally shot a Chechen man in Orlando last year while he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, multiple news outlets reported Friday.

The Boston Globe and Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, said the Boston-based FBI agent who was questioning Ibragim Todashev at a condo near Universal Studios was justified when he fired the shots.

The development comes several days before Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton is expected to release his office's independent findings into the May 22 shooting.

A message left for Ashton was not immediately returned, but the Boston Globe report said he declined to file criminal charges against the FBI agent.

Ashton is expected to release his review Tuesday.

Todashev, 27, was being questioned by the FBI agent and other Massachusetts officers about slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Todashev's friends said the FBI had been following him for weeks and questioning him about Tsarnaev.

According to reports filed by federal prosecutors in Boston, Todashev told authorities Tsarnaev was involved in a triple homicide in Massachusetts.

Few details have been released about what transpired in Orlando, but the FBI said Todashev initiated a "violent confrontation" during the questioning.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations has been critical of the incident and conducted its own probe into the shooting.

Attempts to immediately reach CAIR executive director Hassan Shibly on Friday were unsuccessful.

But he posted on Twitter: "The FBI's failure to prosecute a single agent involved in the killing of a suspect only hurts their credibility."

The FBI completed its review of the shooting, but has not released its findings. The Department of Justice also has not released its review of the shooting.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported Friday that federal prosecutors are also likely to clear the FBI agent of wrongdoing.

Citing unnamed sources, Reuters said U.S. prosecutors could announce their decision to not file charges as soon as Tuesday.

Officials with the Department of Justice and the FBI's Boston office did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Read the full story at the Boston Globe.

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