WATCH: Video Released of Boston Police Shooting Terror Suspect

Police release video showing Boston police confronting and shooting Usaamah Rahim. (PHOTO CREDIT: Boston Police)
Police release video showing Boston police confronting and shooting Usaamah Rahim. (PHOTO CREDIT: Boston Police)

Authorities in Boston released a surveillance video Monday that shows six plainclothes law enforcement officers surrounding a terrorism suspect in the moments before police shot him to death.

In the blurry video taken early June 2, Usaama Rahim, 26, suspected of plotting to kill police, walks through a parking lot toward a bus stop. Officers approach Rahim, but retreat as the man walks toward them. The officers draw their firearms, and Rahim, obscured from camera view by a pole, falls.

The video does not make clear specifically why the officers drew their weapons or which officers fired. Police commanders have said two officers — an FBI agent and a police officer — fired three shots.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the video “speaks for itself” – that Rahim, who is black and Muslim, refused to drop a military-style knife and that officers were backing away when they fired. “This guy had a malicious intent,” Evans said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Rick Hampson

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