WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The investigation into a man who was shot and killed in Boston as part of a terrorism investigation has stretched into Rhode Island, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.
As first reported on WPRI.com, agents from the FBI and investigators with the Rhode Island State Police have conducted the search of a home in Warwick’s Governor Francis Farms neighborhood as part of an ongoing anti-terror investigation.
A neighbor told Target 12 it was sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. when State Police and black SUVs converged on Aspinet Drive – blocking off the neighborhood for several hours.
Neighbor Brian Waterman said it appears they’re looking for a man in his mid-20s who lives across the street from him.
“I have no idea. I would believe they are looking for him because they asked where he was and looked around for a little bit,” said Waterman when asked if his neighbor was in custody. “There are cars lined up and down the street. In order to get down, you have to show your ID. That’s how I got in.”
It’s unclear which home was searched and both the State Police and FBI declined to comment, but a spokesperson for the Boston office of the FBI said there is no threat to public safety.
Target 12 has learned the scene in Warwick is connected to the shooting death of Usaamah Rahim of Roslindale, 26.
Just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, investigators with the Joint Terrorism Task Force shot Rahim – who had been under 24-hour surveillance – after authorities say he lunged at them with a military-style knife.
“We believe he was a threat. He was someone we were watching for quite some time. The level of alarm brought us to question him today. No one expected the reaction we would get out of him.” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “At some point, the individual came in close enough proximity that the officers were in danger. Their lives were in danger, when two officers discharged their weapons.”
Target 12 caught up with a woman who was identified by her husband as Rahim’s sister.
“I’m not at liberty to comment right now,” she said. “I have no comment, it was terrible though.”
The husband told Target 12 they learned of the shooting from the news.Below, residents of the neighborhood react to the situation: