Fox News says that the man shot and killed Tuesday by Boston police was plotting with another suspect to behead a police officer.
Dead suspect Usaama Rahim, 26, was under surveillance by the Joint Terrorism Task Force when he was shot near a CVS after threatening the police with the knife. Later that same day authorities arrested David Wright in connection with the case.
An official told The Boston Globe:
We believe the intent was to behead a police officer. We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.
Rahim, Wright and an unidentified third person apparently met Sunday on a Rhode Island beach to discuss plans, which Wright told the FBI included an attack on a victim in another state. But hours before the shooting, Rahim told Wright in a phone conversation that he had changed his mind:
I'm going on vacation right here in Massachusetts. I'm just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue.
Authorities believe the word "vacation" stood for violent jihad in their conversations. Wright confirmed in an interview that Rahim planned a violent attack in the U.S. Wright is accused of conspiring with Rahim to impede the investigation and faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Evans said the officers didn't have their guns drawn when they approached Rahim. He said police have video showing Rahim "coming at officers" while they are backing away.
Evans said officers repeatedly ordered Rahim to drop the knife but he continued to advance. Apparently one of the officers ordered Rahim to drop his weapon but the suspect answered, "You drop yours." Task force members then fired their guns, hitting Rahim once in the torso and once in the abdomen. He was later pronounced dead at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Wright was subsequently taken into custody from his home in suburban Everett. He will face federal charges and is expected to appear in U.S. District Court on Wednesday.
Evans did not comment on rumors that Rahim had been radicalized by ISIS, but said,
Obviously, there was enough information there where we thought it was appropriate to question him about his doings ... He was someone we were watching for quite a time.
Boston voter registration records seen by the Associated Press list Rahim as a student, Fox reports. As recently as two years ago he was licensed as a security officer in Miami. The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center said its security firm hired Rahim as a security guard for a month in mid-2013. Executive director Yusufi Vali said Rahim didn't regularly pray at the center and didn't volunteer there or serve in any leadership positions.