Amir Ismagulov, the father of Azamat Tazhayakov, said after the court hearing that his 19-year-old son is “absolutely not guilty” and that the FBI made a mistake by arresting him.
Back in Florida, the lawyers for Todashev’s father, Abdulbaki Todashev, said Tuesday that a former detective they hired to investigate the shooting death told them that all the law enforcement agents in the room would have drawn their weapons and fired if they believed their lives were in danger — but based on their findings, they don’t believe that happened.
FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said he couldn’t comment on what was said at the news conference because the shooting investigation is ongoing.
But he referred to a statement that was issued by the FBI immediately after the shooting last May.
“The Special Agent, along with other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing an individual in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual,” the statement said. “The Special Agent, acting on the imminent threat posed by the individual, responded with deadly force. The individual was killed and the Special Agent was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. “
The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating what happened, and State Attorney Jeff Ashton in Orlando said last week that he would review the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting.
Abdulbaki Todashev also spoke at the news conference, tearing up over his son. Abdulbaki Todashev said he came to Florida from Chechnya last week to try to learn more about what happened.
“My son was a very good boy,” Abdulbaki Todashev said through a Russian translator. “He was a good grandson to his grandparents. He was a good brother. He was a good neighbor. … He was innocent, and he was simply killed.”