Boston police and FBI kill man who was being followed by Joint Terrorism Task Force

Police say man was wielding a machete and refused to stand down

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A Boston police officer and an FBI agent have killed a man they say was wielding a machete and refused to stand down. The man was reportedly being watched by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to the Boston Globe.

Ibrahim Rahim, a man who claims to be the older brother of the deceased, on Facebook identified the man killed by authorities as Usaama Rahim.

"This morning while at the bus stop in Boston, my youngest brother Usaama Rahim was waiting for the bus to go to his job," Ibrahim Rahim wrote in a Facebook post. "He was confronted by three Boston Police officers and subsequently shot in the back three times. He was on his cell phone with my dear father during the confrontation needing a witness. His last words to my father who heard the shots were: I can't breathe!"

“Our officers tried their best to get him to put down the knife,’’ said Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. “Unfortunately, they had to take a life.’’

The Globe reported that the terrorism authorities had been following the man and stopped him on Tuesday morning outside a CVS drug store in the Roslindale neighbourhood.  The man then grabbed a machete or large knife and advanced toward police.

Despite warnings from authorities the man continued toward police, when the officer and the FBI agent shot the man. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to reports.

Neither the officer nor the FBI agent were hurt.

 

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