Police say that Usaama Rahim was shot in the chest after lunging at them, not in the back.
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“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.’’
Usaama Rahim of Boston was the man who was shot, according to Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council of American-Islamic Relations. Hooper said his organization had spoken to Rahim’s older brother, Imam Ibrahim Rahim, and he had confirmed his death.
“He did confirm that it was his brother that was shot,’’ Hooper said in a telephone interview. “He spoke in a very calm, matter of fact way.’’
The elder Rahim wrote in a Facebook post that his brother was waiting at a bus stop to go to his job when he was confronted by police. The elder Rahim could not be reached for comment. Law enforcement officials have not officially released the name of the man who was shot near a drug store in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood.
The man shot when he approached the officer and FBI agent with a machete and refused to back down, officials said.
Authorities would not disclose why the terrorism task force was following him. The man was in his mid-20s, said Boston Police Lieutenant Detective Michael McCarthy, a department spokesman.
Investigators were searching an apartment building on nearby Blue Ledge Drive as part of their investigation, but officials would not say how it was connected to the incident.
A law enforcement official briefed on the case said the man had been under surveillance for several weeks by the task force.
“The man could possibly have been heading out to do something sinister and they felt they had to confront him,” the official said. The official said they had received information about him and he was acting suspiciously. The brother said in the Facebook post Rahim was shot in the back, but the official said he was shot in the chest.
The official said investigators were examining surveillance video from cameras in the area.
In another development, Everett police were assisting the FBI with an investigation in that city, police said. Authorities said the activity was related to the Roslindale investigation.
Evans said that in the Roslindale shooting, task force members stopped a man near the CVS parking lot on Washington Street at 6:59 a.m. The man, who was on foot, then allegedly armed himself with what Evans described as a black “military-style’’ knife.
Knife Used by Usaama Rahim
The law enforcement officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon and retreated from the man, but he continued to advance, police said.
“He turned and came toward the officers,’’ Evan said. “They gave him several commands to drop the knife. ... He continued to come at the officers.’’
At that point, the police officer and the FBI agent both fired, police said.
The man fell to the ground. He was rushed to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. (Continue Reading.)