Early Tuesday morning, Boston Police took the life of a man under surveillance as part of a counter-terrorism case. The shooting took place in the Boston neighborhood of Roslindale near a CVS.
The suspect, 26-year-old Usaama Rahim, brandished a military style knife when confronted by two officers. The Boston PD officer and a FBI Agent had intended to interview him on the street. Prior to this Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance.
They did not intend to take him into custody at that time, although officials acknowledge he was considered a threat to the public. “He’s someone we were watching for quite a time… and so that level of alarm brought us to question him today,'” Mr Evans said. “I don’t think anyone expected the reaction we were going to get out of him today, and that’s why we had the tragic turnout here.”
Rahim’s brother, Iman Ibrahim Rahim, a San Francisco religious leader, had a different account of the story. He posted his account to his Facebook page:
“This morning while at the bus stop in Boston, my youngest brother Usaama Rahim was waiting for the bus to go to his job. He was confronted by three Boston Police officers and subsequently shot in the back three times.”
According to the elder brother, Rahim was on his phone speaking with his father when the shooting occurred.
The police give a different take on the altercation. They report that Rahim refused multiple orders to drop his weapon and then charged at officers. That was when they were forced to take his life.
Fortunately for the officers involved, witnesses corroborated their account of the events.
Police say witnesses and video confirm that the officers were retreating when they each fired shots at Rahim, who was wielding a ‘military style knife.’
After the incident Rahim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead with “at least two gunshot wounds.” The two officers were unhurt but taken to the hospital for stress counseling.
“Officials say there is no threat to public safety.”