Boston Police Task Force Department, as well as the FBI were involved in a joint investigation with suspected terrorist Usaama Rahim, who was shot to death by a Boston police officer and a federal agent. Officials would not say why he was under surveillance.
Police commissioner Bill Evans, for the Boston Police department, and special agent Bill Lisi informed reporters that Rahim was 26-years-old and was under investigation when the incident occurred at approximately 7:00 am Tuesday (June 2) near the CVS on Washington street at Stony Brook Plaza. When officials approached him, he pulled out a military knife. Rahim was told repeatedly to put down his weapon, and he ignored the commands of the officers. He instead held it out and approached the police. The FBI agent and Boston officer opened fire, snf a witness heard three shots.
A source in the Boston police department told CBS news investigator Pat Milton that the investigation was part of a regular stream of terrorist threats against authorities, and that Rahim was shot and killed when he came at police with the large knife. It was pursued by the FBI, as an investigation in which the Islāmic Society of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is pressing for more attacks against the police and military persons by whatever means necessary.
The FBI had been watching him along, with two other men connected to him that were believed to be deep-seated to the Islāmic terrorist group. The men were reflected as armed and very dangerous. The official source said that the suspects posted threats on a social media group, which is why the FBI and the Boston police department attempted to speak with Rahim, He was being watched for a couple of years.
Rahim’s brother posted on his social media that he was shot and killed by the Boston police department and FBI, and denied his brother being a terrorist. He said his brother was waiting for the bus to go to work, and he added that Rahim was in the middle of a phone call to their father when he was shot.
Evans reported that Rahim had pulled out a big black knife as soon as the officers approached him. It was not until he charged at the officers and FBI that officials opened fire, but before they discharged their weapons they told him to put his knife down on the ground. It was unfortunate that he charged at the officers, but the Boston police department did exactly what they were trained to do. It was a FBI agent and an officer from the Boston Police department that shot Rahim, and he was hit in the chest and abdomen.
The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) as well as the various religious organizations in the city came out with a statement to the press, expressing their sadness of the event and hopes for everyone to have respect for the community as a whole as well as their congregation, as well as the Boston police department. The ISB cultural center said they knew very little of Rahim, only that one of their security firms hired him for about a month back in 2013. They never knew of him coming to the center to volunteer or pray.
The Boston Police Department is investigating the shooting with the FBI that led to the suspected terrorist’s death. Evans said in a statement that when a police officer makes the decision to discharge his firearm, it is just as difficult as when they must fire it. He added that at this time, there was no need to be concerned for public safety. Lisi told reporters that the officer and the agent were taken to the hospital to be evaluated from the stress of the confrontation. Having to make such a decision most definitely puts a lot of pressure on law enforcement.
Opinion By Katherine Miller-Chichester
CBS news: Man watched by terror task force shot, killed by officers in Boston
CNN: Official suspect killed by radicalized by ISIS
NW: Man Shot By FBI in Boston was under 24-hour surveillance by US government
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