Police say video shows man lunged at officers before being shot dead

Jun 3, 2015 7:54 AM by Cheryl Wengren

BOSTON (AP) - Boston police said they have video showing a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators lunging with a knife at a police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed - an account his brother has disputed.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation said Usaama Rahim had been making threats against law enforcement. The official was not authorized to release details of the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Police Commissioner William Evans said members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force approached Rahim in the city's Roslindale neighborhood Tuesday morning to question him about "terrorist-related information" they had received when he went at officers with a large military-style knife.

Evans said officers repeatedly ordered Rahim to drop the knife but he continued to move toward them with it. He said task force members fired their guns, hitting Rahim once in the torso and once in the abdomen. Rahim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Late Tuesday, the FBI arrested a man in connection with the case. A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said David Wright was taken into custody at his home in suburban Everett. She said Wright will face federal charges and is expected to appear in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.


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